Born: January 12, 1878, Derby, Connecticut
Died: April 29, 1953, Redlands, California
David Raymond Curtiss was a mathematics professor known for his professional service to mathematical organizations.
At the 1936 annual meeting, Curtiss announced that former president Dunham Jackson would join the editorial committee for the Carus Mathematical Monographs, and he reappointed secretary (and later president) W.D. Cairns to represent the MAA on the Council of the American Association. Curtiss gave his retiring presidential address "Fashions in Mathematics" on September 7, 1937.
Curtiss studied at the University of California for his bachelor's degree (1899) and his master's degree (1901). He proceeded to complete his doctorate at Harvard under Maxime Bôcher and W.F. Osgood in 1903. On a fellowship, he studied at the École Normale Supérieure in 1903-04.
Curtiss contributed extensive professional service to the MAA, the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was on the board of governors of the MAA in 1934 and 1937-1942 and was vice president of the AMS and the AAAS, with additional work on committees and as an editor of journals.
Records of editors, presidents, and secretaries from MAA headquarters, David Raymond Curtiss, 1935-1953, includes letter from A.W. Tucker, who was Curtiss' son-in-law, April 30, 1953, at the Archives of American Mathematics