David Ralph Curfman, M.D., was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, the son of Ralph Oliver Curfman and Agnes Mozelle Schreck Curfman. He was married in 1970 to Blanch Lee Anderson.
He graduated from Columbia Union College with an A.B., majors in Biology and Chemistry, in 1965. He then attended George Washington University, where he completed his M.S. in Neuroanatomy, and completed work toward his Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy between 1967 and 1970. Dr. Curfman earned his M.D. degree from George Washington University School of Medicine on May 27, 1973. He also served his general surgery and neurological surgery residencies there. Dr. Curfman was Chief of Neurosurgery at Providence Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at George Washington Medical Center, Senior Attending in Neurosurgery at Washington Hospital Center, and President of the Washington Academy of Neurosurgery.
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Dr. Curfman held membership in the following professional associations: Congress of Neurological Surgery; American College of Legal Medicine; Washington Academy of Neurosurgery; Medical Society of the District of Columbia; Sigma Xi (Science Honorary Society); Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity; Pan American Medical Society; and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
In addition, Dr. Curfman was an accomplished musician, having studied both piano an organ. His life-long interest in choral music and liturgies involved him in instruction at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, OH. Dr. Curfman was a frequent lecturer in Judeo-Christian ceremonies and liturgies. As dean of the District of Columbia Chapter, American Guild of Organists, he subsequently served as Washington Program Chairman of the International Congress of Organists, held for the first time in the United States in 1977. He was also a former member of the development committee for the national office of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the Royal School of Church Music (England).
He has been an elected trustee of the Board of Cathedral Choral Society, completed two terms as president, and was music repertoire planning chairman for the 250-member chorus for several years. He also served on the board of the Leo Sowerby Foundation; historian and board member of the Christmas Pageant of Peace (National Christmas Tree Lighting by the President); President of the Board of Directors of the National Columbus Celebration Association (Washington, D.C.); and a founding supporting member of the United States Capitol Historical Society.
Dr. Curfman held membership in the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 1191; was an honorary founder of the Elks National Foundation; charter member of the Galion Historical Society; charter member of the Crawford County Ohio Coin Club; member of the American Political Items Collectors Association; and Columbus Philatelic Society.