In Memoriam: S. Curtis Dworken, Founder, Curtis Chevrolet in DC

In Memoriam

S. Curtis Dworken

Founder, Curtis Chevrolet in DC

It is with sadness that WANADA notifies the Washington Area new car dealer community of the passing of Sidney Curtis Dworken, founder of Curtis Chevrolet on Georgia Avenue, NW in DC. He passed peacefully last weekend at his home in Oceanside, Ca. at the age of 94.

A longtime Washington area automobile dealer, Curtis began his career in the Lustine organization in Hyattsville, MD after serving as a naval officer in World War II. He later branched off to open Curtis Chevrolet, which he operated for 30 years before turning the business over to his son, Dudley Dworken, in 1990. He served on WANADAês Board of Directors in the 1970s and early 1980s where he was instrumental in WANADAês success with its chapter of NADAês Automotive Consumer Action Program (AUTOCAP) which enabled area dealers to forge invaluable working relationships with state and local consumer protection agencies, consumer reporters at radio and TV stations and the car buying public. As a prominent DC dealer, he was also extremely helpful in assisting WANADA with its government relations with the District of Columbia.

Curtis was an outdoorsman, who hiked, swam and played tennis. He seriously enjoyed good food and good wine, being a 50-year member of the International Food and Wine Society. He went to Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He married his second wife, Dee, who survives him, as does Dudley, who ran Curtis Chevrolet until 2007 when he closed one of DCês remaining dealerships.

Besides, Dee and Dudley of Potomac, Md., Curtis is survived by his youngest brother, Mike, of Fairfield, Ct.; another son, James, of Nv.; daughter, Devon Burak of Potomac, Md.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Contributions to his memory can be made to Harvard College, Cambridge, Ma. Services are private.

To Dee, Dudley and his wife Karen, the entire Dworken family, and Curtisês many good friends, WANADA extends its sincerest sympathy.

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