John "Pat" Curran

Pat began his career in North Carolina State Government in 1972 and worked in the Division of Public Health in various capacities until his retirement in 2004. Pat continued to consult with industry and teach during his retirement. Through his working and retirement years, Pat served on many boards and committees and his greatest pleasures were helping people with their occupational and environmental health concerns and mentoring the next generation of safety and health professionals. He served as an Adjunct Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill: Environmental Sciences and Engineering-Gillings School of Global Public Health. Pat also taught at ECU in the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Program-College of Engineering and Technology.

Pat’s outstanding work and contributions did not go unnoticed and upon his retirement from the State of North Carolina, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor in recognition of his extraordinary service to the state. In 2010, Pat received the Warren Cook Award from the Carolinas Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association for outstanding contributions to the profession of industrial hygiene. Most recently, Pat received the Robert T. Hughes Memorial Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists which recognizes outstanding individuals in the field of industrial ventilation.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

In awarding the Pat Curran Memorial Scholarship, the recipient should be:

  • Enrolled at the graduate or undergraduate level at a university in Carolina’s Local Section geographic area in an ABET-accredited IH or EHS program, NIOSH ERC industrial hygiene program, or CEPH-accredited program with an emphasis in occupational health. Programs include, East Carolina University (ECU).
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale, or a B average.
Current and Past Recipients

2022 - 2023
Dylan James, University of North Carolina