Family plans memorial for man missing at sea

The man whose skiff was found empty in Favorite Channel last week was an associate professor at the University of Alaska Southeast’s downtown campus.

The family of Glen Charles “Chuck” Craig will host a celebration of life ceremony this week, and they welcomed the public to attend.

Craig was presumed missing at sea after his skiff was found unmanned in the channel near the Shrine of St. Therese on Thursday, police said. He was 65.

Craig was an associate professor of Diesel Technology at the University of Alaska Southeast for 17 years, said his brother, Joe Craig of Elfin Cove.

He taught at the university’s facility downtown at the Marine Tech Center.

Before that, Craig worked at N C Machinery Co., an equipment retailer in the valley, for 15 years.

According the university’s website, Craig was selected as the Professor of the Year for Alaska by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2000.

He taught many courses in the diesel and hydraulics field, and spent the majority of his career in the diesel machine and diesel marine field.

He was also an International Fluid Power Society certified Hydraulic Specialist and an American Boat and Yacht Council Marine Electrical Technician, according to the website.

The service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, at Chapel by the Lake, according to Craig’s brother.

The Rev. Douglas Dye will officiate, and a reception will be held afterward.

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