News in Brief: November 17

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November 16, 2009

11:54 PM

*Two time college wrestling champ dies at 62*

The College of William and Mary lost a notable member of its community Friday, Nov. 13 with the passing of distinguished alumnus Dewey Scott Curzi ’69 J.D. ’73.

A native of New Jersey, Curzi won two Southern Conference Wrestling Championships while attending the College in 1967 and 1968, respectively.

These were the first conference titles the College won for men’s wrestling.
Curzi graduated in 1969 as a scholar athlete and received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

In 1979, Curzi was presented with the Young Alumnus Award and was also inducted into the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following his time at the College, Curzi served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1968 to 1974 and practiced law in Phillipsburg, NJ for 36 years.

He also served as Team USA’s youth advisor to the Wrestling Federation of Singapore in preparation for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

*Veterans Society aides transition to college for vets*

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are able to integrate themselves into life at the College with the help of the Veterans Society of William and Mary.

Formed in January 2007 by students who had served in different branches of the military, the society which includes a dozen members, makes it easier for veterans to go to college and continue their education by providing scholarships and facilitating the application process.

“[They’ve] been away from the school environment and [they’re] trying to adjust to it,” said Veterans Society president Jeremy Stout to the Daily Press. “And this is a very difficult school. It’s almost culture shock when it comes right down to it.”

The society also helps to organize housing and to ease the transition from life in the military to life in the civilian world since the veterans are arriving on campus with a completely different background than the typical student.

The society helps the adjustment process by providing the veterans with a group of people that they can relate too.

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