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  • 85 years old
  • Born on November 14, 1929 .
  • Passed away on June 2, 2015 .

Dr. Rhys H. Craver Sr.  PhD, 85, of Stone Harbor NJ passed away on June 2, 2015

He was a retired Chemistry Professor from Glassboro State College where he taught from 1964 until his retirement in 1991.

He was a 1947 Graduate of Forty Fort Pa. High school. Upon graduation he joined the Army and was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and later Army intelligence in Germany.

After his service he attended and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Millersville State College and was member of the National Honor Society.

While there he was a member of the Millersville Football team and wrestling team.

 He continued his education by earning a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware.  He then received his PhD in Chemistry from Walden University.  He was a member of the American Chemical Society.

During his career at Glassboro he was active in sports; he was an assistant coach of the football team as well as an assistant coach of the Glassboro State wrestling team.  After his coaching career he was the public address announcer at the GSC home football games as well as the Glassboro State Indoor Games and the New Jersey Special Olympics.

After his retirement he and his wife retired to Stone Harbor NJ where he was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Broomall), his son, Rhys H. Craver Jr. his wife Sherry and their daughter Kierstyn of Sea Isle City NJ, his daughter Kim Houston and husband Wayne of Evans Ga., their daughter Rebecca of Aiken Ga., and son Thomas of NYC, his brother Tom and wife Judy of New Holland Pa., and sister Mary Ellen and husband Ray also of New Holland Pa. 

Funeral services are private


Posted by Kate Jensen on 24th August 2015
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Craver. I wish to express my condolences to the Craver family. Even though I graduated many years ago from Glassboro State, Dr. Craver was the type of professor that I will never forget, always willing to help and make sure that you understood the concepts. I completed undergrad research projects with him and he helped me to obtain a summer position with Mobil Research. He was always willing to put in the extra time to help because he realized how much I loved studying chemistry also. He truly was an inspiration and I thank him for that. Peace be with you.
Posted by Alan Boultinghouse on 16th August 2015
I was saddened to read of the passing of Dr. Craver, in Rowan Magazine, and wish to express my sympathies to the Craver family. I had Inorganic Chemistry I and II in Fall '83 and Spring '84, respectively, with Dr. Craver. I remember these details due to the type of professor he was. Although on occasion he showed his sense of humor, he took teaching seriously and expected students to take his class seriously--you always knew he was in charge. To me, he showed his dedication to teaching by never minding answering my questions after class, even when they were night classes ending near 9:30, and never minding me keeping him late on lab nights by my habit of following the lab experiment instructions to the "nth" degree. Although my career doesn't involve chemistry, I still remember things learned from his classes because of the way he taught them. He was a thorough professional and quickly earned your respect. Dr. Craver was, without question, what a professor should be, and was easily one of the best professors, if not the best professor, that GSC or I ever had. He didn't lecture, he taught, and I'm fortunate to have been taught by him.
Posted by Van Lynch on 1st July 2015
"It is with great sadness that I wish to express my sympathies to the entire Craver family. I was blessed to have been in Dr. Craver's classroom for several chemistry courses, as well as having him as a wrestling coach for 4 years. He was also very helpful to me during my sabbatical in 1993 and helped me present my research findings to the American Chemical Society. He will be missed and never forgotten because he was more than a professor/coach - he was a true friend and mentor."
Posted by Richard McCaffrey on 30th June 2015
I always enjoyed seeing Dr Craver coming down the hall- he always made me laugh, especially when he got into discussions with Jack Briscoe. He will remain a pleasant memory of Glassboro .
Posted by Jeff Snodgrass on 10th June 2015
Sorry to hear about your loss. I had him as my advisor and student in 1970. Hard but fair. Dress code enforced for his class. You came prepared and fit and ready to learn. Taught chemistry for 10 years after college. He was one of my inspirations for firm but caring. I worked my students hard but it did them good. Still friends with many to this day. Rhys showed me the way. Thanks Mr. Craver.
Posted by Jim Canna on 8th June 2015
I can say without a doubt, Dr. Craver was one of the best "Teachers" I ever had. He was strict, but he knew how to teach! You had to know why things happened, not just memorize facts. No calculators! Slide rules! I went on to become a teacher, and Rhys & I became friends, and he became a mentor. I had his class in the early 1970's, and I still have handouts that he gave out in class that I have copied over & over to use with my class. It is a real loss. A great guy & a great, not professor, but Teacher. Absolutely one of the Best!
Posted by Glassberg Rose on 8th June 2015
I knew Rhys both in the Faculty Senate and as a member of the AFT Local at Glassboro State College. He was a thorough professional, very proud of his profession and always thoroughly prepared for any activity he undertook -- in the classroom or in any other aspect of his college career.
Posted by Carol Wright on 5th June 2015
Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Dr. Craver. He taught several of my classes at Glassboro State and was one of my favorite professors. He a strong influence on my choice of careers and I remember him fondly.
Posted by Dan Ranieri on 5th June 2015
I had Dr. Craver for chemistry my freshman year at GSC in 1985. I remember him as being a stern, but fair professor with a passion for teaching and a desire to ensure that his students had a better understanding of chemistry. Thoughts and prayers out to the entire Craver family.

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