F&M Mourns Loss of Former Coach Bob Curtis
LANCASTER, Pa. – Former Franklin & Marshall football coach Bob Curtis passed away Sunday evening. He was 78.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) in First Presbyterian Church, 18 Market St., Lewisburg, with the Rev. Dr. James C. King officiating. A private burial will be in Lewisburg Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and asks that donations in Bob's memory be made to either the Bison Club, c/o Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to the Franklin and Marshall College Athletic Department, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003. Funeral arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth St., Lewisburg.
Curtis served as head football coach from 1971-74, posting a record of 32-3 and turning in two of F&M's unbeaten, untied seasons. His .914 winning percentage is tops in school history. In 1972, Curtis guided the Diplomats to a 9-0 regular season mark and the second of four-straight Middle-Atlantic Conference South Championships. The Diplomats earned the Division III Lambert Trophy in 1972, the era's most coveted football award.
Curtis took over the Bucknell program in 1975 and the Bison won at least four games in each of his first 10 years. He remains the only Bison to coach more than 100 games (101). His 11 years on the sideline is tied with Harry Lawrence for the most in school history. Curtis resigned in 1985 as the school's winningest coach, a mark that was later equaled by Tom Gadd.
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