Dr. Craig S. Oliver

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Dr. Craig Stanley Oliver, 80, of Westminster and Berlin, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury.

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Helen Sabine and Stanley Oliver. Twice married, he was the husband of Dorothy Mastalski Oliver, his wife of 46 years, who died in February 2001; and of Dr. Debra L. Bowman, his wife of 10 years.

He received his early schooling in the Quincy, Massachusetts, public schools. He was a 1953 graduate of the Norfolk County Agricultural High School. His interest in agriculture led to him to complete his advanced education in the Colleges of Agriculture at The Pennsylvania State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1957, and Master of Education degree in 1960. This was followed by his completion of his doctorate degree in 1968 at The Ohio State University.

He was a teacher for three years at Purchase Line High School in Pennsylvania. He then moved to Hammonton, New Jersey, where he served as a high school basketball coach and teacher for a little less than two years before returning to State College, Pennsylvania.

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, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, 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.

He 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, he 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.

One of the major pleasures for him and his wife was fishing on their boat, the "Whatever," located at the Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland. He built wooden model boats and was active as a boating safety educator with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters and sons-in-law Deborah O'Malley and Peter O'Malley, of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Linda Ellison and Joseph Ellison, of Westminster; brother and sister-in-law R. Bruce and Sylva Oliver, of Gainesville, Florida; grandsons Brian O' Malley, Kevin O'Malley and wife Cara, and Nicholas Ellison; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ocean City, the River Run Community.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; and from noon until the time of memorial service, 1 p.m. Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, with the Rev. Paul Leatherman officiating. Inurnment will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions 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.

Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

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412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on May 28, 2014
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