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Curley, Walter J. P. oral history

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Walter J. P. Curley was a partner in J. H. Whitney & Co from 1960 to 1974. Prior to that, from 1949 to 1959, Mr. Curley worked with Caltex Oil Company in India and Italy. He was the Commissioner of Public Events and Chief of Protocol of New York City, from 1973 to 1974, during the administration of John Lindsay.

In 1975, Mr. Curley was appointed Ambassador to Ireland by President Ford. He returned to the private sector to establish his own venture capital investment firm, in New York, in 1977. Between 1989 and 1993, Ambassador Curley served as Ambassador to France under President George H. W. Bush. He participated in negotiations relating to French-American relations during the German re-unification, the dissolution of the USSR, and the Gulf War. Ambassador Curley has the rank of Commandeur in the French Légion d’Honneur.

In World War II, Mr. Curley served as a combat officer in the Marine Corps in the Iowa Jima, Okinawa, Guam and North China campaigns, and holds decorations from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, and The Republic of China.

Ambassador Curley has been a Trustee of the New York Public Library, Miss Porter’s School, Brooks School in Massachusetts, The Buckley School (President), Barnard College, and is a former Director of the American Ireland Fund, The Irish Georgian Society, New York Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Trust International, Bank of Ireland (Dublin), Crane Co., Guinness Peat Aviation, American Exploration Co., The New Yorker Magazine, the International Board of Banque Paribas, and Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc..

Walter Curley was born in Pittsburgh, attended Andover, Yale University, Harvard University, the University Oslo, Norway, and has an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College, Dublin.




Curley, Walter J. P., Interviewee
Kolker, Carole, Interviewer


National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

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New York City, NY




Oral history

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NVCA-Venture Forward Oral History Collection


Gift of National Venture Capital Association

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102740502 Curley, Walter J. P. oral history