Craig Stanley Oliver

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Dr. Craig Stanley Oliver

Berlin-Dr. Craig Stanley Oliver, a Berlin resident and a retired University of Maryland administrator, passed away suddenly on May 23, 2014, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born in Brockton, Mass., to the late Helen Sabine and Stanley Oliver.

A 1953 graduate of Norfolk County Agricultural High School, his interest in agriculture led to him completing his B.S. and M.Ed. in the College of Agriculture at Pennsylvania State University, followed by his Ph.D. degree (1968) at Ohio State University. Dr. Oliver was a teacher for three years at Purchase Line High School in Pennsylvania. He moved to Hammonton, N.J., as a high school basketball coach and teacher for two years. In January 1962 he returned to Penn State as an assistant professor of horticulture. During his tenure in the Department of Horticulture he developed an active research program and published many articles and publications. In 1971 he was promoted to the rank of professor and appointed assistant dean of the College of Agriculture responsible for agricultural and agricultural engineering programs in the Pennsylvania Extension Service. In 1979, Dr. Oliver moved to Tucson, Ariz., as associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service and professor of horticulture. In 1981 he became the director of the Cooperative Extension Service and professor of horticulture at the University of Maryland College Park. During his tenure at UMCP, he served as vice president for Extension programs in the Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and special assistant to the Provost.

Dr. Oliver traveled extensively abroad facilitating the development of agricultural education programs and fostering the development of joint programs with numerous universities throughout the world including China. During his professional career he was nominated and belonged to seven professional fraternities relating to his professional interests in education, horticulture and the biological sciences. He was serving as the acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs upon retiring as professor emeritus in 1998.

Dr. Oliver's wife of 46 years, Dorothy Mastalski Oliver, passed away in February 2001. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Dr. Debra L. Bowman. Many hours were spent by them fishing the back bays on their boat the Whatever, golfing and enjoying his labradoodle, Dundee. Craig built wooden model boats and was active as a boating safety educator with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. "Doc's" wisdom and wit will be missed by many friends in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the River Run Community, Extension family and his awesome medical team led by Dr. William Greer.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Peter O'Malley, daughter and son-in-law Linda Ellison and Joseph Ellison; brother and sister-in-law R. Bruce and Sylva Oliver; and three grandsons, Brian O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley and wife, Cara, and Nicholas Ellison.

Dr. Oliver was memorialized on May 31, 2014, at Pritts Funeral Home Chapel and buried at Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster, Md. In a private urnternment on June 4, 2014, he was buried alongside his wife, Dorothy, at Centre County Memorial Park. A "Crossing the Bar" private memorial will be held mid-August 2014 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Berlin community friends. Inquiries regarding the service may be made to Debra Bowman by Aug. 5, 2014.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Maryland 4-H Foundation, C. Oliver Family Endowment, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20740-4000.

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Published in The Daily Times on July 27, 2014
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