In 1992 Craig essentially retired from the industry side of the automotive business and became visiting professor at the College of Engineering and School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and co-director of the Joel Tauber Manufacturing Institute, a program to establish new curricula and research activities for the engineering college, business school, and other units of the university, with extensive industry guidance, support, and interaction. Craig also served as president and as a member of the board of directors of Altarum in Ann Arbor and as a member of the board of directors at Intermap Technologies.
Having worked with Craig at General Motors and TRW and also having served on many committees of the National Research Council and SAE together, I quickly came to realize how thoughtful he was under a variety of intense situations. This admirable trait was particularly well demonstrated during our GM days, when we were striving to develop effective catalytic converters and airbags under extremely compressed time schedules. Craig was always soft spoken yet very convincing because of his extensive and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of automotive engineering.
One of his favorite pastimes was flying his own plane throughout the United States and Mexico for over 40 years with his lovely wife, Anne. Craig was also an avid tennis player, and his height gave him a distinct advantage. Both Craig and Ann signed up for the SAE Greenbrier Annual Tennis Championship, and each entered enthusiastically and played extremely well. A lifelong Christian Scientist, Craig was a member of the First Church of Christ the Scientist, in Birmingham, Michigan, and the Mother Church in Boston.
Craig will be sorely missed by his devoted wife of 37 years, Anne; his children, Gary Marks (Becky), Everett, Washington; Diane White, Fort Collins, Colorado; Marian Deming (John), Loveland, Colorado; his seven grandchildren, Lynn and Laura Marks, Heidi White, Joshua, Matthew, Ryan and Lindsay Deming; and sister-in-law Mary Hakola (Vern), Stuart, Florida.