Jean M. Curtis, 88, of Chestnut Hill, an administrative assistant for many years in the Philadelphia courts and probation department, died of respiratory failure Jan. 4 at St. Joseph’s Villa in Flourtown, where she had been a patient for three weeks.

A longtime resident of Mt. Airy, Mrs. Curtis, along with her husband, the late William Johnson Curtis, had helped to establish the Mt. Airy Chargers, a 95-pound football team that competed in the Pop Warner League. In 1965 – its first year – the team placed third in the city championships.

She also led a Cub Scout troop in her home.

Mrs. Curtis’ husband, who died in 1975, was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a pioneering group of black Army pilots during World War II.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Curtis was an avid swimmer and won several championships in that city. She also was a photographic and runway model as a young woman.

She graduated from Peabody High School in Pittsburgh and attended Temple University.

She is survived sons Curtis and William, and four grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Jan. 12 at Ivy Hill Cemetery. – WF