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Faith Craig Petric

1915-2013


Folk singer, radical, and the guiding light of the San Francisco Folk Music Club for 50 years, died in San Francisco October 24 at age 98. Born in Idaho, graduated from Whitman College then moved to San Francisco in 1939, working with Dust Bowl refugees in FDR's Farm Security Administration. Faith was a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII, building Liberty Ships in New Jersey. After the War, she returned to San Francisco as a social worker, and raised her daughter as a single parent. She became involved with Spanish Civil War refugees, anti-fascism committees, as well as working for racial equality, and was a target during the McCarthy Era.


Faith began hosting bi-weekly SF Folk Music Club meetings at her home in the 1960s until her death. At the age of 55 she became a full time folk singer, travelling extensively in the US, Australia and Europe. She used music "in my efforts to change the world, to make the world a little better place." Known as the Fort Knox of folk music for her extensive repertoire, she highlighted songs about nature, workers, women, the West, peace and good fun. Faith was a columnist in Sing Out! magazine.


Faith received numerous awards for both her music and her activism, among them the Labor Arts Award and Noam Chomsky Peace Prize. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Craig, and granddaughter, Alex Craig. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Middle East Children's Alliance.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 10, 2013
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