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Condon Report's Roy F. Craig Dies

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Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 12:20:00 -0500
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Subject: Condon Report's Roy F. Craig Dies




Source: The Durango Herald - Colorado

http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/04/news040321_1.htm

March 21, 2004

[More info & picture at site --ebk]


Chief UFO investigator Dies

By Patricia Miller
Herald Staff Writer

Roy F. Craig, an investigator who worked on the country's
largest, most systematic investigation of flying saucers, died
Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his La Boca Ranch, south of
Ignacio. He died after a struggle with cancer. He was 79.

Craig was chosen by the project's head, Edward Condon, to serve
as chief field investigator for The Colorado Project, the
official government search for scientific, verifiable evidence
for the existence of unidentified flying objects. He was co-
author of the three-volume Condon report.

Although the report debunked mysteries from outer space, Dr.
Craig's position on UFOs as expressed to the Herald last October
was, "I love them."

"Reports of UFOs have changed popular culture so people are
accepting the probable fact that there are intelligences
elsewhere," he said. "It's got people out of the rut of thinking
the whole universe was created for man."

Years later, he wrote about his experiences in his book UFOS: An
Insider's View of the Official Quest for Evidence (University of
North Texas Press). He donated nine boxes of his papers and
research findings to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
Collection at Texas A&M University's Cushing Memorial Library.

He chose the Texas university rather than Fort Lewis College
because the librarian there asked him and because they promised
to keep his papers preserved in a climate-controlled building,
properly catalogued and accessible.

In 2001, Craig's biography was included in A.M. Marquis's Who's
Who in the World, a compilation of leading scientists.

Craig was born on May 10,1924, on the land that his parents,
Anna and Philip Craig, homesteaded on the Florida Mesa. He
graduated from Durango High School, then attended Fort Lewis
College at the old campus at Hesperus.

His college studies were interrupted by military service in the
U.S. Army during World War II.

After his discharge, Craig attended Colorado State University,
the University of Colorado and the California Institute of
Technology before receiving a doctorate in physical chemistry
from Iowa State University.

During his professional career, Craig worked for Rocky Flats in
Boulder, taught physical science at the University of Colorado
and helped set up the Four Corners Research Institute, which
offered environmental and other scientific investigation
services. His teaching career including visiting professorships
at the University of Hawaii and at Ponape, an island in the
South Pacific.

Craig was a community-minded citizen and a vigilant letter
writer. The Herald archive alone contains 44 letters from him
since 1995. Land use was a particular concern of his and he once
cautioned his neighbors not to get into a shooting war "and wipe
the Indians all out" over methane-gas ownership.

He told the Herald that he used to write even more letters to
the Boulder newspaper when he taught at the University of
Colorado. He was protesting the Vietnam War.

Opposition to the war was a position the former soldier arrived
at suddenly. Craig had been making nuclear weapons. He had a
staff of 18 and believed in deterrence: "If we make them, we
won't have to use them."

Then one night he went to hear an Army general speak. The
general said there was no reason they shouldn't use tactical
nuclear weapons to blow up bridges in Vietnam.

Soon after he heard this, Craig quit his job and started
teaching.

For the past 25 years, Craig has raised llamas on his ranch. He
also pastured buffalo for a neighbor and kept two peacocks. His
dining room was full of hundreds of peacock feathers last
October, which he said were his proof that God exists. He saw no
other explanation than God for something as beautiful as a
peacock feather.

Craig enjoyed weekly chess games with his friends, Chester
Anderson and Hal Mansfield. He traveled frequently to Mexico and
the Caribbean and toured South and Central America. A memorable
trip was a monthlong journey around the world on a tour ship.

"He instilled in me an appreciation for the beauty of the
world," said his niece Gayle Voss Button. "He loved his life and
felt he was already in Heaven at his La Boca Ranch."

Craig is survived by his sisters: Carolyn Shryock of Kirtland,
N. M. and Dorothy Voss McCormick of Durango; his sisters-in-law
Joyce Craig and Helen Craig, both of Durango; and many nieces
and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at
La Boca Ranch.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Craig-Dyer Scholarship
Fund, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango 81301 or
Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango 81301.



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