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Robert Curvin

Robert Curvin, a noted civil rights leader, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and an alumnus and staunch friend of Rutgers University–Newark, passed away at his Newark home on September 29, 2015. He was 81.

The cause was multiple myeloma, The New York Times reported.

Curvin, world-renowned as an expert on urban politics, economic development, and social policy, was a leader in the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who served as Newark chapter head and national vice chair. He played a key role during the 1967 civil rebellion in Newark, articulating the platform of grievances that helped to change the landscape of decision-makers overseeing city resources and those holding political positions affecting the quality of life there.

Curvin served on the editorial board of The New York Times for nearly six years and as dean at the New School in Manhatttan.

He earned his undergraduate degree in 1960 from Rutgers’ Newark College of Arts and Sciences and his master’s degree from the School of Social Work in 1967. He received a doctorate in political science from Princeton University in 1975.

A resident of Newark’s Vailsburg section, Curvin was an author and a founder of Newark’s New Community Corporation (one of the first of its kind) and devoted 12 years to the Ford Foundation before becoming president of the Greentree Foundation.

In addition to his widow, Patricia, he is survived by a son, Frank; a daughter, Nicole; and beloved grandchildren.

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