John Vincent Craven ’43 died on August 11, 2007, in Middlebury, Vermont.
Born on January 23, 1921, in Portland, Maine, he prepared for college at Portland High School and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in January of 1943, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II from March of that year until October of 1945, attaining the rank of staff sergeant and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.After the war, he did graduate work at the University of Colorado, from which he received a master of arts degree in economics in 1947 and at Syracuse University in New York, from which he received his Ph.D. degree in 1952, also in economics. He was an instructor at Ohio University from 1947 to 1949 and for two years was on the staff of the Federal Trade Commission in Washington and then taught at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., before joining the faculty at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1956. He retired as a full professor in 1983. In Vermont, he was treasurer of the Addison County Community Action Group and a member of its board for more than 40 years. He was also president of Middlebury Community Television, a school board representative, and a member of the board of theVermont Civil Liberties Union, the United Way of Addison County, the Addison County Health Council, and the Isley Library. He was the author of The 305th Bomb Group in Action, an anthology of first person experiences told by members of an 8th Air Force B-17 group based in Chelveston, England, in World War II. He was married in 1949 to Harriett J. Stine, who survives him, as do two daughters, Marianne of Washington, D. C., and Carolyn Matthews of Middlebury; a brother, Charles Craven of Manlius, N.Y.; and twin granddaughters.