Chief UFO Investigator Dies

March 21, 2004. Roy F. Craig, an investigator who worked on the country's largest, most systematic investigation of flying saucers, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his La Boca Ranch, south of Ignacio. He died after a struggle with cancer. He was 79. Craig was chosen by the project's head, Edward Condon, to serve as chief field investigator for The Colorado Project, the official government search for scientific, verifiable evidence for the existence of unidentified flying objects. He was co-author of the three-volume Condon report. Although the report debunked mysteries from outer space, Dr. Craig's position on UFOs as expressed to the Herald last October was, "I love them."

"Reports of UFOs have changed popular culture so people are accepting the probable fact that there are intelligences elsewhere," he said. "It's got people out of the rut of thinking the whole universe was created for man."

Years later, he wrote about his experiences in his book UFOS: An Insider's View of the Official Quest for Evidence (University of North Texas Press). He donated nine boxes of his papers and research findings to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Texas A&M University's Cushing Memorial Library. He chose the Texas university rather than Fort Lewis College because the librarian there asked him and because they promised to keep his papers preserved in a climate-controlled building, properly catalogued and accessible.

In 2001, Craig's biography was included in A.M. Marquis's Who's Who in the World, a compilation of leading scientists.

Craig was born on May 10,1924, on the land that his parents, Anna and Philip Craig, homesteaded on the Florida Mesa. He graduated from Durango High School, then attended Fort Lewis College at the old campus at Hesperus. His college studies were interrupted by military service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

By Patricia Miller

Staff Writer, Durango Herald

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