Allan Creighton
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Allan Creighton

April 23, 1946 - July 8, 2013

Allan Creighton, social justice/violence prevention health educator at the University of California Berkeley, died in the early morning of July 8. He is beloved by family, friends, and the wide-reaching communities that include thousands of young people over many years who experienced him as a steadfast ally in the work to end the violence of racism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, and the oppression of all other targeted groups. A veteran community activist, he was a founder of Men Overcoming Violence and the Oakland Men's Project. He was also a staff member of TODOS: Sherover Simms Alliance Building Institute, Battered Women's Alternative, and New Bridges: Building Alliances and Unlearning Oppression before joining University Health Services at UC Berkeley. He was an organic intellectual whose breadth of inquiry ranged from poetry, philosophy, spiritualism and aesthetics to cultural and political theory, all of which he absorbed and turned toward the rich conversations that formed the basis of his social justice practice-respect for the minds and hearts of others. He was gentle, graceful, possessed of a marvelous dry wit, and generous. He was also fiercely committed to his advocacy. The touchstone for his work was "No one left out; no one left behind." He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie Nesnansky, his sisters Jane Creighton and Ann Tracy, his nieces and nephews Tara Tracy, Grant Kauwe, Michael Tracy and Joslyn Nolasco, his mother-in-law Bernice North, his brothers-in-law Jim Blain and Gary North, and a large group of relatives and friends, all of whom adore him and have benefitted from his love and influence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Allan's name to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, The Mosaic Project, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, the National SEED Project, or any favorite social justice organization.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jul. 10 to Jul. 14, 2013.
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July 31, 2013
I graduated with Allan in 1963 from Loyalsock. Being the typical high school girl, I never took the time to really get to know him. A few years ago, I had the privilege to reconnect with Allan at a reunion for Loyalsock students. I enjoyed every minute I was able to spend with him and his wife and I left feeling I had missed out greatly not getting to know Allan better when we were high school students. I feel certain he had an effect on every life he ever touch. Rest in peace Allan.
Nancy Powell Smith
July 29, 2013
I knew Allan decades ago through MOVE and his cousin Carolyn. Our paths diverged but my life would have been the richer if I had kept up. Allan was among the most interesting and interested people I have known. He enriched so many lives.
Adele Clarke
July 17, 2013
I was glad to have met you last holiday season. You were an inspiration to everyone who knew you.
Samantha Glasser
July 13, 2013
As a very close friend of Jane, his sister, I knew Alan from a distance; however their souls and world views were so intertwined, and she always spoke of him with such life-affirming, vivid words, I felt I knew his great spirit even though i met him only twice.

My love to all his family.
Kathye Bergin
July 13, 2013
An enduring friend and the partner of an amazing woman...may the music of his life sing on...
Shari Ross
July 12, 2013
So sorry to hear of Allan's death. We enjoyed our short time with him in April.
Dave & Jo-Ann Woeste
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