James Noel Curran

Obituary by Mary Curran published in BMJ 2010;341:c7031

James Noel Curran died peacefully of old age on the 2 November 2010 at Nazareth House Nursing Home, Manchester, where he had lived since 2008.

Dr Curran was born on the 19 December 1915 on a farm in County Waterford, Ireland. He studied at University College Dublin, graduating in medicine in 1939 and with a diploma in psychological medicine in 1940. He was a psychiatrist at Prestwich Hospital, Manchester from 1946 to 1980, in the later years as consultant for the North West Regional Drug Treatment Centre.

He was married to Moya for 58 years until her death in 2005. They had one son and three daughters, and three grandchildren.

Dr Curran was a devout Catholic, and a member of the Catholic Doctors Society. He was very interested in philosophy and mathematics, and a founder member of the British Society for Phenomenology. He had two books published: The Logical Universe (1994) and The Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Laws (1997).