Dr. Brenda Lee Wright McCurdy was born in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the John M. Gandy High School in 1964. She later received a B.S. Degree in Biology from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, a Master of Science Degree in Experimental Biology from the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctoral degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan.
She has served as Section Chief of Microbiology for the Veterans Administration (VA) in Detroit, MI, Education Specialist at the VA, and as Laboratory Director for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all in Detroit. In 1977, Brenda married Dr. Howard McCurdy, former member of the Parliament of Canada. Brenda became a dual citizen of Canada and the United States in 2012 and currently resides in LaSalle, Ontario.
She is part of an extended family of 4 children and 10 grandchildren. In July of 2013, Brenda released her first album of jazz, reggae, and R&B music entitled Follow My Heart. On December 31, 2016, Dr. McCurdy retired after 37 years of service in the United States government. Dr. McCurdy has attended several of our events including Christmas at the Museum where she joined Renee King Jackson for “Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire.”