Larry Curless, long-time affiliate of the Honeywell Foundation, will retire at the end of December after 34 years of service. A reception to celebrate and honor his contributions to the Honeywell Foundation was held in the Honeywell Room on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Curless began his career with the Honeywell Foundation in 1979 by first serving on the Board of Directors and two years later was appointed treasurer, serving in that role from 1981 to 2001. During this time he participated in the “Miracle on Market Street” groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ford Theater addition.
From September of 2002 to March of 2003, Curless served as the Interim Executive Director of the Honeywell Foundation. Highlights during his term as the interim executive director include overseeing the proceedings for the Honeywell Center 50th Anniversary celebration, as well as playing an integral role in the search committee for The Honeywell Foundation’s current executive director, Tod Minnich.
With the new executive director in place, Curless was appointed the Director of Development in 2004 and served in that role until 2006. Since that time he has worked in the development department as the Endowment and Planned Giving Officer.
“The Honeywell Foundation has certainly benefitted from the leadership and guidance Larry has provided, not only during his terms serving on the board, but also through his expertise in accounting and finance. His knowledge in these areas has successfully contributed to his working with donors who contribute to the Honeywell Foundation through charitable gift annuities and through their estates. Larry has been, and always will be dedicated to the Honeywell Foundation,” said Minnich.
In addition to his service to the Honeywell Foundation, Curless also served as president for the Wabash Valley Music Association for seven years, from 1988 to 1995. He was a full-time farmer from 1955 to 1982, owning and managing his own business, Curless Bookkeeping and Tax Service from 1956 to 2000. Upon his retirement, Curless plans to keep active by traveling with his wife, Anne, helping out on his son’s farm, and spending more time on his favorite hobbies.
Donations to the Larry and Anne Curless Endowment are preferred in lieu of gifts. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar.