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James Brown Craig Jr. ’45

Published in July 2, 1997, issue

Jim Craig died Dec. 17, 1996, at Sharon, Conn., following a brief illness. He was 76.

Jim entered Princeton from Mercersburg Academy after a year at Penn State. His initial stay at Princeton lasted only six months before he joined the Army Air Corps early in 1943. After brief service, he was discharged for medical reasons and returned to Princeton in the School of Public International Affairs, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1945. While at Princeton and before leaving for the service, Jim married the former Mary Ann Aikens of Boalsburg, Pa., and they had two children, James B. III, who predeceased Jim, and a daughter, Claudia. At Princeton, Jim was a member of Cloister Inn and of WhigClio.

After he graduated, he became viceconsul in Bogota, Columbia. He then returned to State College, Pa., where he was employed by the Nittany Printing and Publishing Co. Jim then took a law degree from the U. of Pennsylvania. After Jim and Mary Ann divorced, Jim moved to Palm Beach to practice law and remained there until 1990, when he retired to Sharon, Conn., where he spent the last six years. He was an avid bridge player and a poet.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Claudia D'Amico, and by his sister, the Reverend Emily W. Craig, to whom the class expresses its deep sympathy.

The Class of 1945

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