Miner, Craig, master historian, has taken his place in history. Born on October 12, 1944 to Stan and Marybel Miner, Craig lived in Wichita from the age of two until his death on September 12, 2010. He was a scholar of Wichita and Kansas history as well as the author of forty books on local, regional, and national topics. Craig was the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University, where he served in the history department for forty years. As a member of Wichita's first Historic Landmark Committee he was instrumental in promoting historic preservation as a means of appreciating local history. He also served on the board of the Kansas State Historical Society, where he conducted countless hours of research for his numerous books on Kansas history. As a board member of the Kansas Humanities Council he proudly supported its public programs throughout the state. His abiding love of books led to his long-time membership in the Wichita Bibliophiles. He enjoyed observing the night sky, specializing in viewing double stars. Classical music, historic keyboard instruments, classic cars, cross-country bicycling, and voracious reading kept his vibrant life at a lively pace. Craig is survived by Suzi, his wife of 43 years, his older son Hal and wife Gretchen of Portland, Oregon, and younger son Wilson and wife Laura of San Francisco, as well as his sister Gay Schwery of Johnstown, Colorado. He leaves a legacy of tireless dedication to understanding our past for the sake of all that is to come. Craig's life will be celebrated at 3 p.m., on Sunday, September 19, at St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas, 67208. Memorial gifts may be made to the church or to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, 67202. Arrangements made by Cornerstone of Wichita.
Published by Wichita Eagle from Sep. 18 to Sep. 19, 2010.