Lyle E. Craine

Lyle E. Craine, professor emeritus of natural resources, died April 17 of pneumonia at Glacier Hills Nursing Center. He was 84.

An advocate of natural resources management and conservation, Craine taught in the Department of Conservation from 1954 to 1973. He served as department chair in 1961–67.

Craine’s specialty was public policy and management of natural resources with emphasis on water. In the early 1960s, he helped establish the Huron River Watershed Council. In 1969, he took a year’s leave from teaching to serve on the staff of the National Water Commission in Washington, D.C.

At the U-M, Craine chaired the curriculum committee that established the University’s program in urban and regional planning.

Craine received his B.A. in geology from Oberlin College, an M.S. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in conservation from U-M. He worked for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., in 1938–53, serving in several agencies including the Bureau of the Budget and the War Production Board. He also was first assistant, then acting director of the Program Staff in the Office of the Secretary of the Interior.

Survivors include his wife, Asho Ingersoll Craine, and three children: Timothy Craine of Windsor, Conn.; Stephen Craine of Pittsburgh; and Ellen Fabricant of Ashland, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the School of Natural Resources and Environment or to the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple.


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