C. Michael Curtis, 88

February 9, 2023

A memorial service will be held on Feb. 11 for C. Michael Curtis, a longtime Concord resident and Editor Emeritus of The Atlantic magazine.

Curtis, 88, died in Spartanburg, SC on Jan. 11. He was a champion of new fiction writers, jumpstarting the careers of John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Louise Erdrich, Ann Beattie, Tobias Wolff, Bobbie Ann Mason, Michael Cunningham, and many others. 

He is survived by his wife, novelist and poet Elizabeth (Betsy) Cox; brothers, Ben Curtis (wife Susan LaCette), and Andrew Curtis (wife, Beth Lorden); son Hans Peter Kahn Curtis; daughter, Hilary Curtis Osmer (husband Donald Osmer); stepdaughter, Elizabeth Morrow (husband, Brian Morrow); stepson, Michael Cox (wife, Judy Jensen); and beloved grandchildren, Don Osmer III, Jack and Nate Morrow, Caroline and Andrew Cox. His oldest son, Christopher M. Curtis Jr., died in 2013.A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main St.