Dr. Hugh Bob Currie, 85, of Amarillo, TX died Sunday, November 27, 2022.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Jon Kohler officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Hugh Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born January 18, 1937, to Roberta Lafon Currie and David Hugh Currie. He lived on the Currie Ranch until the age of six, when the family moved to Amarillo, and he started school. Hugh Bob and Bub Smith formed a cattle company and ran cattle on the ranch beginning in their high school days well into the 2000. As a high school student, he wrote and produced, a movie, entitled “The Sun Shall Rise Again” on the ranch, which his mother filmed, and lifelong friends served as actors. “The Sun Shall Rise Again” was shown to the entire school at an assembly at Amarillo High School in 1955.
He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1955, and attended Colorado University in Boulder, CO, where he enjoyed skiing and the outdoor life. He transferred to The University of Texas. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and did his Residency at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, TX. Thereafter he entered the Public Health Service and was immediately assigned to the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico as the sole physician, a remarkable challenge for any physician. Later he specialized in ophthalmology and practiced in Amarillo for 41 years where he was widely known.
He married Sandy St. John on August 10, 1985, and they spent 37 years, traveling, entertaining friends, and making memories.
The Currie family maintained a house in Amarillo, but their hearts and souls were their family’s ranch, deep in the Palo Duro Canyon, next to the Palo Duro State Park, which later became the sites of the Lake Tanglewood Community, The Canyons at Currie Ranch and the River Falls Community. Hugh Bob grew up hunting, trapping, and fishing and he enjoyed a close relationship with nature his entire life. He and his wife Sandy enjoyed their home in the canyon where they cultivated a large garden and hosted grand dinner parties with their homegrown produce and Hugh Bob’s culinary mastery. He loved gardening and was thankful for gardening help from his good friend, Todd Spears. Hugh Bob was so relaxed and at peace in that garden. Even when he had bad years and the grasshoppers ate more than he did, he still went after it again the next year.
He served as an Alternate Delegate from Amarillo from 2001-2006 with the Texas Medical Association, Chairman of Council on Communication with the Texas Medical Association from 1991-2001, he served as the 1991 President of the Randall County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association Member Services Council from 2001-2006, and Texas Tech Medical School Amarillo Unsalaried Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists.
In retirement, he had success in developing homesites on the Currie Ranch overlooking the Palo Duro Canyon called The Canyons at Currie Ranch. He also continued intellectual inquiry into health, nutrition, finance (with a nonpublished treatise on nutrition. Hugh Bob was a true Renaissance Man. He played the piano, bass guitar, became an artist, and was a serious scholar of quantum and metaphysical reality. He was excited about his studies on energy medicine and its promise for a new system of healing. As a computer programmer, he was actively engaged in testing elements of swing trading strategies for stocks and options.
His contributions in the medical community included helping to develop a physician IPA and a computerized medical insurance company known as MDPhysicians Insurance Company. Since his time with the Texas Medical Association, he learned the Delphi object-oriented computer language, and using it, he wrote a program for his office under which the office operated. His son, Bob Currie is a professional programmer and had been assisting him with an attempt to convert that program to C# language with a SQL server database.
He was preceded in death by parents; and grandparents, J.J. Jinks and Nannie Currie, and Robert and Selma LaFon.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Currie, of the home; sister-in-law, Donna St. John Scott, of Fort Worth, TX; nephews, Jeff Scott (Jamie) of Parker, CO, Matt Scott (Lauren) of Fort Worth, TX, and Kyle Scott, of Dallas, TX; great-nieces and great-nephews, Shepard Scott, of Parker, CO, Tripp Scott, of Fort Worth, TX, Stella Scott, of Fort Worth, TX, and Charleston Scott and Sullivan Scott, both of Parker, CO; a brother Jim Currie (Jeanie), of Canyon, TX; his children, David Currie (Jennifer), Bob Currie (Tammy), and Susan Rogers (Dan), all of Amarillo, TX; his grandchildren, Katie Currie, of Austin, TX, Jake Currie, Lillian Rogers, Jared Blake, and Jenna Blake Nelson (Stephen), all of Amarillo, TX; bonus granddaughter, Madi Sims, of Amarillo, TX; and great-grandchildren, James and Caleb Nelson.
The family requests that memorial donations are made to Lake Tanglewood Community Church, Texas Medical Association Foundation, Heal the City, or your favorite charity.