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Rolland Joseph 'Speedy' Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1922. After serving three years in the Marines during World War II, he and his wife, Gloria, relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 1946. Curtis served four years with the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned from the force in order to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from USC. He later became involved in city politics, as an associate of Sam Yorty, and later a field deputy to City Council members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. He was briefly director of the Model Cities program in 1973. Rolland J. Curtis died in his home in 1979, the victim of a homicide. An affordable housing complex on Exposition Blvd. near Vermont Ave. was named in his honor in 1981, along with a nearby street and park. A group of school children visit City Hall. They are posing with City Council members Rosalind Wyman and Tom Bradley.
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00053424 Rolland J Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection CARL0000061211 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/123282
Wyman, Rosalind Wiener Bradley, Tom,--1917-1998 Los Angeles (Calif.).--City Council Children--California--Los Angeles Women city council members--California--Los Angeles City council members--California--Los Angeles City halls--California--Los Angeles