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John Curran, 59; dogged journalist, Bloomberg editor

NEW YORK — John Curran, a Bloomberg News editor who previously was a longtime journalist at Fortune and editor of Mutual Funds magazine, has died. He was 59.

He died July 5 at his home in Weston, Conn. The cause was complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had been battling the ailment for two years, according to his family.

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In a career spanning more than three decades in New York, Mr. Curran wrote and edited stories on investing, banking, Wall Street, and regulation. He also reported and oversaw coverage on international economics. In 1988, while at Fortune, a Time publication, he received an Overseas Press Club award for reporting on Japan.

In 2001, he received a Time Inc. Luce Award for commissioning and publishing a story on the threat of global terrorism reaching the United States, six months before the Sept. 11 attack that year on the World Trade Center in New York.

‘‘John was the consummate dedicated professional who never took the cheap route to a conclusion or a story,’’ John Huey, a colleague and former Time editor-in-chief, said in an e-mail. ‘‘He had the toughness and mindset of a prosecutor, but to him everyone really was innocent until proven guilty.’’

Mr. Curran spent the bulk of his working life at Fortune, starting in 1978.

In 1998, he left Fortune to become editor of Mutual Funds magazine. Mutual Funds closed in 2003. For 10 years, in addition to his editing jobs, Mr. Curran was a business commentator on the ‘‘NBC News at Sunrise’’ television program.


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He joined Bloomberg News in 2010 as a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine, covering Wall Street.

John Jude Curran was born in the Bronx. His father was a marketing executive at Kraft Foods.

Mr. Curran grew up in White Plains. He graduated from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in languages and literature.

He leaves his wife, Joan; and their four children, Alissa, Alexandra, Joanna, and John Richard.

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