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Reagan Names Curran to Humanities Post

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Washington--President Reagan last week nominated Edward A. Curran to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a post previously held by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett.

Mr. Curran is a former director of the National Institute of Education. He was dismissed from that post in June 1982 by former Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell for sending an unauthorized letter to President Reagan urging the abolition of the nie

Mr. Curran, now deputy director of the Peace Corps, served as the headmaster of the National Cathe-dral School in Washington from 1968 to 1980, when he left to work on the Reagan election campaign.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Curran began his career as a teacher at the Englewood (N.J.) School for Boys in 1955. From 1957 through 1968, he served in various capacities--as a teacher, assistant dean, dean of student affairs, college guidance officer, and assistant director of admissions--at the St. John's School in Houston, Texas.

He said last week that he was "honored" by the nomination and that, following his conformation, he looked forward to his new role in the Administration.--sr

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