REV. WILLIAM FRANKLIN CURTIS, Litt. D., president of the
Allentown College for Women, is of English extraction. He was born
February 12, 1873, in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, the son of William
H. and Elizabeth (Miller) Curtis. He attended the town ship schools and
the Sellersville High School, and entered into the profession of teaching.
After four years of this work, lie entered Franklin and Marshall College,
from which he was graduated in 1898 with the degree of A. B. In 1901 he
was graduated from the Eastern Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church
at Lancaster. Doctor Curtis’ only charge before coming to Allentown was in
Kansas City, Mo. It was on May 31, 1908, that lie resigned his western
charge and accepted the presidency of the Allentown College for Women.
Fraternally Doctor Curtis is a thirty-second degree Mason, being a member
of Gate City Lodge, No. 522, F. and A. M.; Bloomsburg Consistory, and
With the determination and tact which not only won the confidence of the
church, but also of the city of Allentown and the public at large, Doctor
Curtis has made the Allentown College for Women one of the leading
institutions of its kind in the East. When he became president of the
college, new life sprang from old hope and with him came the inspiration
to higher aims and better things. It was the ever-ready willingness of
Doctor Curtis to work and to work hard that has brought the present
condition of the college to pass. Before long the number of students had
outgrown the accommodations provided for in the old building at Fourth and
Turner Streets, and steps were taken for the erection of a new and greater
college on what is known as Cedar Crest, lying immediately west of
Allentown. This building was ready for occupancy with the opening of the
fall term of 1916, and represents the latest word in school design and
architecture. Part of the cost of the erection was paid by the people of
Allentown, who responded liberally in a campaign for $100,000. It was
largely through the wonderful personality displayed by Doctor Curtis that
the campaign was such a decided success.
Above all, Doctor Curtis is the ideal college president. He has the
trust and confidence of his students, and ranks high in the educational
On June 10, 1901, he married Anna Frances Denlinger, of Lancaster.
Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917,
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