Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
EVA RUISSY GARCIA CURRIE
Eva Ruissy Garcia Currie, retired assistant professor of communication, died on March 3, 1999. She was 86.
Professor Currie was born on August 28, 1912, in Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico. Her parents were Dr. Alberto Garcia and Eva Carillo Garcia, a physican and nurse, respectively, who started the earliest known Spanish language newspaper in Austin, El Vanguardia, in 1920. Professor Currie earned two degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor's in 1933 and a master's in 1944.
Professor Currie taught public school in Austin in 1934-35 and in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1938-39. She joined the staff of UT Austin in 1942 and became a member of the faculty in 1946. For a time she served as a counselor for Mexican American students.
Professor Currie was an outspoken proponent of bilingual education, and her research focused on second language acquisition. She wrote and presented papers in her field at numerous conferences.
Professor Currie was a member of the Speech Association of America, where she served as secretary of the study group for foreign and bilingual students. She was also a member of the Linguistic Society of America.
In 1977 Professor Currie was recognized with a teaching award.<signed>
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 4, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Office of Public Affairs and New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.
Link to the New Handbook of Texas for the biographical sketch on Professor Currie's mother, Eva Carrilllo de Garcia
Link to the New Handbook of Texas for the biographical sketch on Professor Currie's father, Alberto Gonzalo Garcia