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Geoffrey Curtis

Geoffrey Curtis CR (1902–1981), Anglican priest and pupil of the Alexander Technique.

Life

The Revd Geoffrey William Seymour Curtis CR was educated at Charterhouse School (1915–20) and University College, Oxford (BA, 1923), before training for ordination at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1925 for the parish of Saint Mary the Virgin, Bury, and was ordained priest in 1926 by Bishop (later Archbishop) William Temple (who was at one time a pupil of F. M. Alexander). After Bury, he had a series of short appointments, including Vice-Principal, Dorchester Missionary College (1928–30), Missioner with the Charterhouse Mission at Saint Hugh’s, Bermondsey (1930–32), and Vice-Principal of Lichfield Theological College (1932–33) and curate of the Staffordshire parish of Saint Mary’s, Blymhill. In 1935, Curtis joined the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire, as a novice and made it his profession in 1938.

Curtis was a founding figure in the International Ecumenical Fellowship (IEF) and remained a vice-president of the IEF almost until his death.

Curtis wrote and published biographical books on Christian fathers and priests. He also wrote poetry which however was not published. He remained a lifelong friend of T. S. Eliot and they corresponded for many years.[1] [2]

Connection with the Alexander Technique

Geoffrey Curtis had lessons with Irene Tasker. Curtis gave the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture in 1972, which was later published as ‘The Alexander Principle and some spiritual disciplines’.[3] This led to an exchange of two letters between Curtis and Wilfred Barlow which was published as ‘Ordering – A correspondence between Dr Wilfred Barlow and Fr Geoffrey Curtis’.[4]

Norwood Coaker, who was one of Irene Tasker’s pupils in South Africa, also joined the the Community of the Resurrection, probably first in South Africa but later moved to Yorkshire.

Writings

  • ‘The Alexander Principle and some spiritual disciplines’ by Fr Geoffrey Curtis.[5]
  • ‘Ordering – A correspondence between Dr Wilfred Barlow and Fr Geoffrey Curtis’ edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow.[6]

See also Norwood Coaker.

References

[3] ‘The Alexander Principle and some spiritual disciplines’ by Father Geoffrey Curtis in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 162–74.
[4] ‘Ordering – A correspondence between Dr Wilfred Barlow  and Fr Geoffrey Curtis’ More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 175–81.
[5] ‘The Alexander Principle and some spiritual disciplines’ by Father Geoffrey Curtis in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 162–74.
[6] ‘Ordering – A correspondence between Dr Wilfred Barlow  and Fr Geoffrey Curtis’ More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 175–81.