We’ll Miss Bill Craighead

It is with much sadness we report that William Moore “Bill” Craighead passed away on January 1st. Ninety years old, Bill had a rich, full life. He is survived by his loving wife Betty, son Clay and his wife, and grandchildren. Bill spent his growing years in the Gettysburg area and Harrisburg—except for his summers, which were spent at Craighead House where he slept on the sleeping porch with his brother Sam, the twins, hawks, owls, and even an Indian raja—until he was drafted out of high school at 18. He spent WWII as a radio/radarman on LSM315, a landing craft capable of ferrying men and equipment to beachheads. During the Okinawa invasion, the largest use of Kamikazes in WWII attacked American landing soldiers, tanks and supplies on the beach and ferrying wounded soldiers and Marines back to hospital ships.

After returning from the war, Bill attended Lebanon Valley College where he graduated with more than a degree. He was also engaged to Miss Lebanon Valley College of 1952, Betty Bakley. He taught biology at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania where Betty worked in the library, except when their two sons were young. For a time, he ran a beekeeping business out of Craighead House in addition to teaching.

Bill and Betty attended events at Craighead House whenever his health permitted.

Friends since childhood David Masland, Jean Craighead George & Bill Craighead chat in Craighead House kitchen in 2011. Courtesy Charlie Craighead.

Friends since childhood David Masland, Jean Craighead George & Bill Craighead chat in Craighead House kitchen in 2011. Courtesy Charlie Craighead.