In Memory

William Curless Teague - Class Of 2018

Teague Curless
March 7, 2000 - August 24, 2021
Lexington, Kentucky - Teague William Curless, 21, of Lexington, Kentucky, died August 24, 2021 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born March 7, 2000 in Lexington, the son of Peter and Mindy (North) Curless. He attended Lafayette High School as a part of the pre-engineering program and was voted Homecoming King his senior year. He then went on to double-major in physics and mathematics at the College of Wooster in Ohio. At Wooster, Teague was a tutor and teaching assistant in the physics department and served as a STEM Zone intern, supporting the academic success of introductory STEM students from underrepresented groups. He was extremely passionate about his studies and earned a near 4.0 GPA. However, beyond achieving high grades, it was crucial to Teague to genuinely understand the concepts taught. He enjoyed the process of learning and deeply believed in thoroughly understanding physics' fundamentals. Although he ultimately wanted to pursue engineering, he felt that a strong theoretical background and liberal arts education were very important for his development. Teague was excited and ready for his senior year at Wooster and planned to study engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Teague cared deeply for the world's welfare, and he hoped to develop climate technologies that supported high-risk global regions in his career. However, his passions stretched beyond academics — Teague also enjoyed reading, playing video games with friends, watching thought-provoking movies, and pondering all ideas (big and small). For those who knew him, Teague was loud, convicted, and creative. His energy was undeniable. Teague's friends were important to him, and his family is extremely grateful for their role in supporting Teague. He highly valued his meaningful relationships with his teachers and professors, who helped shape his interests and hone his ideas. Teague is deeply loved; he and his future contributions to our society will be sorely missed. His family is so proud of him. Teague is survived by his parents Peter and Mindy; his sisters Margaux and Jade; his half-sister Caitlin Wood. He also leaves behind paternal and maternal grandmothers, Norma Curless and Joyce North. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
To celebrate Teague's life, a visitation and memorial service will be held at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home (3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY) on Sunday August 29th. The visitation begins at 1pm EDT, followed by the memorial service at 3pm. Protecting our communities against COVID was extremely important to Teague, and we ask that all attendees be vaccinated and take precautions against COVID, in effort to avoid any further tragedies. For those unable to join in person, the service will be live streamed at Kerr Brothers Live Streams on Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to one of the following causes in Teague's honor: the Rainforest Alliance, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, or Afghanaid.