The Honorable Wayne K. Curry
The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County and the entire Community Foundation for the National Capital Region family is very saddened to learn the news of the passing of The Honorable Wayne K. Curry, former County Prince George’s County Executive (1994-2002). Mr. Curry was a former Community Foundation for Prince George’s County Board Member, Friend, Supporter, Donor, and Leader. As the County’s first African American Executive, he transformed Prince George’s to be one of the wealthiest communities nationally, which played a key role in re-positioning the county as an important part of the Washington region’s growth. He successfully negotiated relocation of the Washington Redskins to Prince George’s County and the construction of FedEx Field. Numerous real estate development efforts that he championed helped spur economic development in the county including Bowie Town Center. He served two consecutive terms. He left office in 2002 with a budget surplus of more than $100 million.
In 2011 the Michaels Companies, a global commercial real estate group where Curry was President, received the distinguished Civic Leadership Award given by the Community Foundation for Prince George’s to honor and celebrate companies, individuals, and organizations whose effort help to make Prince George’s County a better place for others. In keeping with his spirit, we celebrate and honor his life, his immeasurable contributions to the County, region and nation. We offer our prayers and condolences to his wife Sheila Curry, and family.