Beloved staff member dies
Observer Staff Report | Sunday, April 13, 2014
Curry C.L. Montague, principal custodian of Notre Dame’s Main Building for about 30 years, died April 7 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, a South Bend senior living community, at the age of 81, according to a University press release.
“In a sense, he was almost an icon of the building itself,” University president emeritus Fr. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy said in a statement. “His enthusiasm and upbeat perspective were shown continuously.”
A Mississippi native, Montague moved to South Bend in 1947. He worked in the Main Building for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2000, the press release stated.
“In 2004, Montague’s name was added to Notre Dame’s Wall of Honor, a display on the Main Building’s ground floor recognizing ‘exceptional men and women whose contributions to Notre Dame are lasting, pervasive and profound,’” the press release stated. “According to his citation, one of 27 on the wall, Montague ‘provided the Notre Dame community and its guests with a congenial, memorable and inspiring example of how hard work, devoted service and charity transform duty into joy.’”