Curtis Sylvester Means, age 80, of 2126 General Beauregard Blvd Baton Rouge, LA On October 12, 1938,
Curtis peacefully transition this life on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Baton Rouge, LA. Curtis became the fourteenth child of Lawson Means and Sarah Hodges Means fifteen children. Of the fifteen children, one remains. His parents, siblings, nieces and nephews were always dear to him. His affection for his relatives and the people that he knew during his formative years was always there. North Carolina remained a part of him.
Early in his life, Curtis became a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church where his family were already members. He leaves behind his wife of fifty-four years Emma Jean Patterson Means, two daughters Felice Michelle Means and Candace Means, one sister-in-law Doris Patterson, one brother-in-law Willie Patterson and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was always interested in learning, from tinkering with things around the house; to learning how they worked or how they were put together; to learning how to fix them. He was also interested in advancing his formal education. In obtaining the education that he sought, he attended Reid High School, Belmont, North Carolina; Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina; The University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California; Union College, Schenectady, New York; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. His highest degree is the Doctor of Philosophy degree obtain from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
His employment includes time served in the United States Army, employment as a Health Physicist at the General Electric Company, employment at agencies of the United States Government and thirty-nine years as a Professor of Mathematics at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After retiring, he enjoyed gardening, going to the gym and watching sports.