Craig Wolff Bay Area Native and Alameda resident Craig David Wolff died suddenly on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at age 40. Born on August 4, 1972, in Modesto, California, to Richard Wolff and Rosalie Westergaard, Craig attended Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, graduating in 1990. He went on to earn dual bachelor degrees in Math and Geography at UCLA in 1995, as well as a masters degree in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1998. Craig was pursuing a Ph.D. in the Environmental Health Sciences Program at UC Berkeley. As a first-year doctoral student, his interests were in understanding the interdepend-encies between water resources and human health and in enabling the improvement of both. Craig also worked as a researcher, scientist, and environmental engineer for the public health industry for over 17 years. He was the Geospatial Science Director at the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) of the California Department at Public Health for the past 14 years. Craig was passionate about his work and devoted his life to the study of environmental risk factors on people's health. Craig was an avid cyclist, loved the outdoors, and enjoyed coaching baseball. Last June, he completed his third AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, training and raising funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Craig was an adept at balancing a tireless work ethic with time for memorable adventures with friends and family. His laugh, and easy, open personality won him the swift devotion and admiration of those he met. Craig is survived by his wife, Sonia Urzua, and three amazing school age children: Clarisa, Sebastian, and David. A memorial mass will be held at 10am on Friday, May 3rd, at Newman Hall Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2700 Dwight Way (at College), in Berkeley, CA. To honor his memory and commitment to public health, donations can be made to AIDS/LifeCycle, in Craig's name.
Published in Inside Bay Area on May 3, 2013