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Curtis D. Wells, 70; longtime school headmaster and administrator in Boston and Brockton

Curtis D. Wells visited a classroom at Brockton’s Champion Charter School in 2001.
Curtis D. Wells visited a classroom at Brockton’s Champion Charter School in 2001.John Blanding/Globe Staff

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At 6-foot-4, Curtis Wells towered over students and teachers alike at schools he led in Boston and Brockton. His voice could fill an auditorium during an assembly or reach the distant end of a hallway when he suggested that teenagers abide by the bell and head to class.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from the young people whose behavior you can change,” he said. “You can see them grow, you can see them mature. I enjoy these kids, even the problem ones. These kids need people who are going to believe in them, who trust them to do the right thing. I find myself placing a lot of trust in these kids.”

Mr. Wells died Feb. 5. He was 70 and lived in Mattapan.

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