A memory submitted by Dana Cope, Class of 1991

Without a doubt Dr. Virginia Curry.

It was always exciting to see Dr. Curry arrive at the classroom having just ridden her motorcycle to campus and wearing her boots, cowboy hat with yellow rose attached and a cigarette between her lips.

Her real life stories about national and state politics were amazing. From the stories of the 1968 Democratic convention when she and a nun made the Chicago road trip to raise hell, to the time our class attended the 1988 Democratic and Republican conventions — those were the days.

Dr. Curry was extremely provocative, knew it, and didn’t care. Exactly what we SMU students needed to experience.