Craig L. Scanlan, 69, of Rumson, passed away on Wednesday, August 17. He was born in East Orange to his parents, the late Edwin L. and Jacqueline Bush Scanlan. Craig grew up in Little Silver and was a resident of Rumson for the past 25 years.
He was a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania; and completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University. Craig was a faculty member at Brookdale Community College and established the respiratory therapy program there. After obtaining his doctorate, he took a faculty position at NJ’s academic health sciences center, now part of Rutgers.
During his 31-year tenure at Rutgers (UMDNJ), he participated in education research, grant writing, book authoring and PhD advisement in addition to teaching. He was an accomplished author and well-respected in his field, having published numerous academic articles and several textbooks. He frequently spoke and presented at both medical and academic institutions. He was the inaugural inductee into the Master Educator’ Guild at UMDNJ and was voted outstanding faculty member several times. He was also the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards.
Since retiring in 2011 as Professor Emeritus, he continued to author textbooks and participate in professional activities to advance the field of pulmonary medicine through computer simulations and online education.
Craig is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Barrie; his son, Craig P. and his wife, Asuka; his brother, Gene, and sister-in-law, Joanne; his mother-in-law, Jean Montigros; and sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia Montigros. His shining star was his granddaughter, Jasmine.
There will be a memorial celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, August 29 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Craig’s memory to the Rumson First Aid Squad or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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