Gerald J. Curtin
Gerald J. Curtin
Gerald J. Curtin is a fourth generation Long Islander and he currently serves as Dowling’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During his years at Dowling, he was instrumental in starting a Lacrosse Club, and he went on to coach Dowling Lacrosse for over ten years, winning numerous NCAA Division Championships.
Jerry began a career in teaching at Western Suffolk BOCES. He earned a Master’s Degree at Adelphi University and received his certification as Chief School Administrator from Long Island University. After just four years of teaching and at only 26 years old, he became the Director of Special Education in the Kings Park Central School District. Here, he facilitated the return of over 120 students from out-of-district placements back to their home schools.
While attending high school and college, and during his education career, Jerry worked as a lifeguard at Jones Beach for 15 years.
The purchasing of sophisticated infrared imaging equipment and the founding of the Thermotest Inc. soon became a full-time endeavor. Thermotest developed and implemented a program for the testing of electrical and mechanical equipment for U.S. Naval aircraft carriers. The same technology was expanded to perform this service on Exxon Oil super tankers and Hellenic Line cargo ships.
The infrared imaging equipment was also used to detect sub-surface moisture in roofs and produced cost-savings to building owners contemplating roof replacement. Thermotest became the stepping stone for the creation of Statewide Roofing where Jerry is the Chief Executive Officer. The company grew rapidly and was named as “One of the Fastest Growing Companies on Long Island” by Long Island Business News. Statewide Roofing is located in Ronkonkoma, New York, and specializes in educational and commercial re-roofing on Long Island.
Jerry’s involvement in the community spans many years. He served on the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, East Islip School District’s Building and Renovation Committee, Scoutmaster of Troop 205, and on the Suffolk County Boy Scouts Executive Board. Statewide Roofing proudly sponsors Pack 205 in Great River. Jerry received East Islip’s Parent Teacher Association’s coveted Jenkins Award for his outstanding community service. He is currently the Commander of the New York Department of American Ex-Prisoners of War.
Jerry has been connected with Dowling in some way or another for most of his post-graduate years. He was the first recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1993. Dowling’s Athletic Department inducted Jerry into their first group of the Golden Lions Hall of Fame. Jerry has served on Dowling’s Board of Trustees for the last 15 years. His 40-year dream came to fruition as he spearheaded, with the help of his fellow trustees, the building of the Brookhaven Sports Complex.
Jerry and his wife, Rose Mary, believe in and financially support Dowling and its mission, as evidenced by the dedication of the Gerald and Rose Mary Curtin Student Center, the Dominick and Clara Buonaspina Endowed Scholarship, the Gerald and Rose Mary Curtin Education Endowment, and the Edward J. Curtin Veterans Scholarship.