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SALISBURY, MD Dr. Craig Stanley Oliver, a retired University of Maryland administrator, passed away suddenly on May 23 at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Md. The Berlin and Westminster resident was 80 years old. Born in Brockton to Helen Sabine and Stanley Oliver, Massachusetts, Dr. Oliver received his early schooling in the Quincy, Massachusetts public schools. He graduated from the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in 1953. His interest in agriculture led him to completing his advanced education in the Colleges of Agriculture at The Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Bachelor's (1957) and Master of Education degrees (1960). This was followed by his completion of his PhD degree (1968) at the Ohio State University. Dr. Oliver was a teacher for three years at Purchase Line High School in Pennsylvania. He then moved to Hammonton, N.J., where he served as a high school basketball coach and teacher for a little less than two years before returning to State College, Pa. 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. where he had accepted a position as Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and Professor of Horticulture. In 1981, he accepted a position as Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and Professor of Horticulture at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Oliver served in a number of administrative positions before retiring from the University of Maryland in 1998 as Professor Emeritus. During his tenure at the university, 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. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as the Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a university faculty member and administrator, Dr. Oliver traveled extensively abroad, facilitating the development of agricultural education programs and fostering the development of joint programs with a number of 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. 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, who retired from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2006. One of the major pleasures for them was fishing on their boat, the "Whatever" that is located at the Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md. Craig built wooden model boats and was active as a boating safety educator with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Other survivors include daughter, Deborah O'Malley and son-in-law Peter O'Malley, Lake Forest, Ill., and daughter, Linda Ellison and son-in-law Joseph Ellison, Westminster, Md.; a brother and sister-in-law, R. Bruce and Sylva Oliver from Gainesville, Fla.; and three grandsons, Brian O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley and wife Cara, and Nicholas Ellison; and numerous nieces and nephews. "Doc's" wisdom and wit will be missed by many friends in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ocean City, the River Run Community and numerous friends. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday one hour prior to the start of the memorial service to be held at 1 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, with the Rev. Paul Leatherman officiating. Inurnment will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Maryland 4-H Foundation, The Oliver Family Environmental Science Endowment, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20740-4000; or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.
Published in Evening Sun on May 28, 2014
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