Thomas Joseph Craven, Jr. ’38 died on March 28, 2004, in Biddeford.
Thomas Joseph Craven, Jr. ’38 died on March 28, 2004, in Biddeford. Born on April 29, 1914, in Portland, he prepared for college at Cheverus High School, Portland High School, and Hebron Academy and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1938, he served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy Reserve before World War II and in 1939 joined the National Biscuit Company as a salesman in New York. He was area manager in Presque Isle from 1948 to 1952 and then was area manager in Dover, NH, until 1955. He was Nabisco’s divisional manager in Cambridge, MA, from 1955 to 1968, when he became assistant director of sales in New York. He was president and a director of service Intra- European in Brussels, Belgium, from 1969 to 1971, when he became managing director of Nabisco Frears Biscuits in Leicester, England, and a director of Nabisco Limited in London. He retired in 1974 and returned to Maine, where he was a member of St. Andre’s Church in Biddeford and a member of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and the Biddeford Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also president of the Hoyt’s Neck Association and the Fortune’s Rocks Beach Association. He was married in 1941 to Mary Upham, who died in 2001, and is survived by four daughters, Martha Fredo of North Andover, MA, Anne Kipp of Ludlow, VT, Mary Craven of Biddeford, and Therese Craven, also of Biddeford; two sons, Paul F. Craven ’72 of Biddeford and Thomas J. Craven, Jr. of Biddeford Pool; a brother, John V. Craven ’43 of Middlebury, VT; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.