Christopher B. Currie

Sept. 30, 2015

Christopher B. Currie (BS COMP SCI ’88) of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Sept. 7. He was 58.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids in 1977.

In the early 1980s, he attended Grand Valley State College before transferring to Michigan State University, where he received a degree in computer programming in 1988.

In the 1990s, he earned his master’s degree and then a PhD in cognitive research psychology from the Experimental Psychology Program, Human Perception and Performance Group in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In the mid-1990s, he moved to New York to take a position at Rutgers University, where he developed computer programs in conjunction with artificial intelligence in the visual attention laboratory. During this time he continued to pursue his interests in acting. He made some progress with acting and had been cast in several shows and films over the years. Details can be found at under Christopher Ryan Renni-Calliope.

Using his background in computer programming and mathematics, he became self-employed, working as a computer programming talent at SEO, Marketing and Webmaster, Traffic (web) Analytics and as a science/health writer. In addition to his research involving eye movements and scene perception, he was involved in a web-based project designed to provide laboratory experience to complement psychology lecture courses and to educate the general public about sensation, perception and cognition.

He is survived by his mother Dorothy Currie, of West Columbia, S.C.; sister, Carole Currie (Danny) Shealy, of Lexington, S.C.; niece and nephews Ross (Sandra) Shealy, U.S. Marine Corps, of Norman, Okla., Liesl (Sean) Pyle, U.S. Army, Ret., of Dallas and Jordan Shealy, of Lexington, S.C. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Currie, in 1982 and his grandmother, Viola Dorow, in 1987. 

Donations in remembrance of Currie may be made in his name to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

His final resting place will be Kent Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

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