OBITUARY

Charles Poe Craig

May 6, 1935August 18, 2014
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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Poe Craig, 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, August 18, 2014. He was born in Van Wert, Ohio and attended elementary school in Roseland, New Jersey. In 1949 the family moved to East Brady, PA for a year, and then to Avalon, PA a suburb of Pittsburgh. Dr. Craig graduated from Avalon High School in 1953, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957 and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pitt) in 1961, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical fraternity and Sigma Nu social fraternity. He did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as a post doctorate fellowship in Microbiology at the University of Florida. In 1966 he was drafted into the Army during Vietnam and stationed at Fort Detrick, MD for three years where he provided medical care and research on emerging pathogens. He was discharged in 1969 with the rank of Major. He then returned to Pitt as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine under Dr. Jack Myers. After completion of his residency he became a faculty member of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases at Pitt. In 1972 Dr. Craig became one of the inaugural faculty members of the University of South Florida (USF) Medical School in Tampa. He was a Fellow of the Infection Disease Society of America and a Board Certified Member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Craig was appointed the Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the James A. Haley VA Hospital and was the founding Chief of Infectious Diseases at USF. During his tenure at USF he initiated a multi hospital infection control program which evolved into the statewide and national discipline of infection prevention. In 1985 he moved to Philadelphia where he was named Chairman of Medicine at the Mount Sinai division of Albert Einstein Medical Center. He was a clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. In 1987 Dr. Craig moved to Ann Arbor to assume the role of Director of Infection Control at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH). He was a member of the Medical Staff of SJMH until his death. He also held an appointment to the faculty of Wayne State Medical School in Detroit. Dr. Craig was an active member of the Association of Practitioners of Infection Control (APIC) having served as past President and lifelong member. He was active in the Residency teaching program at SJMH, named Teaching Faculty of the year on multiple occasions, and recently was honored by the Internal Medicine Teaching Program when a teaching award was named in his honor. To be bestowed on the Medical Resident demonstrating not only clinical proficiency but also compassionate care and value of the individual. Dr. Craig was a pioneer in the care and treatment of patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS Infection. He persevered in providing care to these individuals and providing a model of care that has resulted in improved quality of life. He had numerous professional publications in Infection Prevention and continued as an investigator in HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Craig will be sorely missed by all those whose lives and hearts he touched. Charles had a lifelong love of music. He was in the Avalon High Sschool band and played baritone horn. He sang in the A cappella choir at Ohio Wesleyan University. In Pittsburgh he was a member of the Mendelsohn Choir, associated with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has sung in church choirs since childhood, and participated in the Bass section at FUMC Ann Arbor for more than twenty years. He enjoyed wood working, crafting several grandfather clocks for his family, baseball bats for his grandsons, and many pieces for the family cabin in Ontario, Canada. He prized the family vacation home in Blind River, spending as much time there as possible every summer between snow melt and snow fall. There he was an avid fisherman, blueberry picker, sailor and could be found many an evening sitting on the dock listening to the call of the loons. Charles is survived by his wife Pamela M. Craig and their two children: Norma Katherine Clark (Tony), Nicholas Charles Walter Craig and two grandchildren (Charles and Henry Clark), by his former wife Dolores O. Craig and their five children: Dr. Deborah Miller (Dr. Keith), Deanna Bailey (Paul), Janice Craig, Dr. Mary Beth Shea (Dr. Steven), Charles Poe Craig Jr. and five grandchildren (Bradley and Daniel Bailey, Craig and Leigh Miller, and Lisa DiNova) and two great grandchildren (Alessandra and Katarina DiNova) and by his sister Mary Lou Sykora (Fred). The memorial will be held on Sunday, August 24th 2014 at First United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow after the service in the social hall. Donations may be made in Charles’ name to HARC (HIV AIDS Resource Center) at 3075 Clark Road, Suite 203, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 24, 2014
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Judy Morey

August 17, 2015

My sincere condolences to Pam, Kate and Nick on the passing of Charles. I knew him as a dedicated, caring, interested parent of my students, Kate and Nick and enjoyed and appreciated my connection with him. Please know that I am thinking positive thoughts for you as you come upon the year's anniversary of his passing.

October 22, 2014

I met Dr. Craig at a very tough time in my life, when I was fighting a bad c difficile infection. He not only helped me get better but showed great concern for me as a person. He always took the time to talk and we swapped stories about lakes and boating and his beloved summer home in Canada. He was one of a kind and I will miss him very much. Rest is peace Doc.
Maryanne George, Pinckney, Michigan

Jacob Distel

October 3, 2014

My thoughts and prayers goes out to the Craig family. Dr. Craig not only provide critical medical care to my partner, Jon Hoffer, as he battled AIDS but more importantly friendship and support. He was never to busy to take a phone call from either one of us and was always available to us, a rare commodity these days. Unfortunately, I lost Jon on May 4, 1996. Fortunately, with Dr. Craig's care and support we had shared 17 wonderful years together. After Jon's passing, I considered Dr. Craig a friend and a colleague as I became Director of the Lansing Area AIDS Network. He was never far from the phone if I needed him. Although, our contact became infrequent over the past decade, I knew if the occasion would ever arise I could count on him. He was a remarkable human being, an angel on earth and now an angel above. The world was a better place because of him. There was a thought I shared on the occasion of Jon's passing that I would like to share in memory of Dr. Craig:
When through one man
A little more love and goodness,
A little more light and truth,
Come into the World,
Then that man's life has had meaning.
Dr. Craig's life has had great meaning and the world will forever feel that loss. Great peace, Dr. Craig, and peace to all of the family. May those memories that today bring tears, soon bring smiles of joy.
Jacob Distel

HWS

September 25, 2014

Dr. Craig, saved my life literally. I was a patient of his for nearly 12 years. He will be missed deeply. My heart is saddened. I offer my deepest condolences to the entire Craig family for their loss.

September 8, 2014

Chief, you were the best! I learned so much from you. My condolences to both Pam & family and to Deedee and family. Your loss to the medical community will really be felt. Sincerely, Dottie

N.B.S.

August 27, 2014

You were a light in this world and you were not afraid to carry it into the dark. You helped those that society did not, you often accepted no financial gain for the privilege of helping others. I initially worked with you as my mentor and later as a friend and colleague and have always had the most enormous respect for you in so many ways. You are very, very missed.

Mike Slade

August 27, 2014

Dr Craig treated me for a case of MURSA. He was so smart, kind, as well as a great story teller. I could not have had a better doctor. I'm so glad I got to meet him. Prayers for the Craig family. May Jesus welcome Dr Craig home.

Jodie Priest

August 26, 2014

Dr. Craig~

I am deeply saddened to learn of your passing and I offer my heartfelt condolences to your entire family and those who worked so closely with you throughout the years. It was my very fortunate luck to have been referred to you when I was first diagnosed in 1989 and through your excellent care and knowledge I am not only still here, but I enjoy what can only be described as an otherwise "normal", healthy life. I've already missed your stories about the black (deer) flies the size of hummingbirds at your place in Canada. But more importantly, the chastising and prodding you gave me over the years during my office visits about my tobacco use finally struck a chord with me. Over 2½ years tobacco free for me now and I have mostly you to thank for that, as well.

I will forever be grateful that I was under your care for these past (nearly) 25 years. You made it all possible and I thank you for each and every day I've been able to enjoy good health. Your passing is all our loss.

Bless you.

Ken Staab

August 25, 2014

To the Craig Family:

"Dr. Chuck" was bigger than life to me at a very formative stage. When we were growing up in Ft. Dietrich, he was hands down my Dad's best friend. I have vivid memories of them laughing and having great times at all hours. I also remember them talking medicine, career moves and other serious topics again often late into the night. My image of your Dad as a friend to mine became a real life quest - I wanted friends just like that when I grew up. While there were other people that influenced my ability to weed out the temporaries and identify the permanent friends, your Dad's image lead the way without a doubt.

I wish you great memories.

Ken Staab

Roger Craig

August 23, 2014

We were brothers in name only but we were proud to declare our relationship to all. I'll miss you brother. Keep singing your song. It is such a happy one.