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I'm sorry to report that Craig Roger Garret (crg) has passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Please see various comments and family / friends journals on Caring Bridge.  Below is his obituary as sent to the major publications, written by his wife, Kendra.

Obituary: Garrett, Craig R.

Age 70, of St. Paul, MN died on October 25, 2017.

Craig graduated from Colfax (Iowa) High School in 1965, the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969, and the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1975. He served 20 years in the Army as a doctor before retiring in 1989. In 1990, he moved with his family to Minnesota, where he became the Chief of Internal Medicine for Hennepin County Medical Center. He stepped down in 2011 from that role, and retired from practicing medicine in 2015.

Colleagues at HCMC recall that he led his team with strength, tenderness, insight, wisdom and kindness. One referred to him as the “father of General Internal Medicine at HCMC.” His accomplishments include the International Clinic, which he founded to serve the needs of immigrant populations, the Medical Consultation Service which worked in concert with surgical teams to improve patient outcomes, the Walk-in/Direct Care Clinic, and many other then-revolutionary programs. He supervised and helped train the hundreds of residents that filtered through his department.

A history buff, Craig was an avid genealogist. He also loved writing. He recently had a poem accepted for publication and was particularly known for his colorful holiday card letters. Craig also enjoyed travel, and during the last year of his life made trips to Hawaii, Egypt, Eastern Europe, California, Oregon, and Colorado. He was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, and in this capacity presided over the recent wedding, of his son.

He is survived by his wife, Kendra; daughters Megan (Scott) Judy and Laurel (Elliot) Stephenson; son Evan (Tami) Garrett; grandchildren Kai and Ryan Judy, Heidi and Elyse Stephenson; brother Ken (Kathy) Garrett, as well as many extended family members. Celebration of Life services will be held November 11 at Unity Church, 733 Portland Ave St. Paul at 11 am with luncheon to follow. Donations preferred in lieu of flowers to Second Harvest Heartland, the Dorothy Day Center or The Link MN.

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Genealogy, History, Stories, Remembrances

This is an experiment of various members of Craig's Family in recording and publishing family history in the form of genealogy, history, narrative, remembrances and stories.

The tones of these works may range from the impassionate and scholarly tone of genealogies to the very subjective and perhaps idealized nature of family legend and childhood memories.

I hope that you enjoy what is here and are willing to share with us as well.

Genealogies and Histories

Frequently Asked Questions about Craig

Garretts on the Western Front
Stories of Several Garretts on the Western Frontier

The Wonder Years
A narrative of Craig Garrett's years growing up, 1947-65

Brief Moments in Time:
- Biographical Sketches of Marian Elizabeth Kreie and Kenneth Lester Garrett.

Memories of Grandpa Garrett in Mason City

The True Legend
of Harley and Floye Garrett

A Brief History:
Charles Robert Garrett and Catherine McGuire

A Brief History:
William Charles Kreie and Elida Wilhelmina Christina Hollander

The Remarkable Stories of Zita and Kenneth Jones
Kenneth Clay Jones and Zita Helen Shutts

The Barkuses of Malvern, Iowa
Louis A Barkus and Edith Laraway Bushnell

Maynard Leroy Jones in World War II
The crew, the Mairzy Doats, and the Kassel Mission

West Point Years
A narrative of Craig Garrett's years at West Point, 1965-69

Audio Files

At a request, several stories were read by Craig and recorded for posterity.  First, a favorite childhood story-book, The Little Red Hen.  The second, the Night Before Christmas will be coming in the fullness of time.  Below are a couple of those files:

The Little Red Hen (audio)



Many family histories focus on going up or down family trees: through parents, grand parents, great grand parents or children, grand children and so on.

My thoughts here are rather to move somewhat horizontally: parents, grand parents, cousins' parents and grand parents, husbands' or wives' parents and grand parents, and so on.

These are things I would like to collect and share.

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Photographs are taken either from public domain or private collections reproduced here with the intent of fair use.

It is the intent that all media on this site be educational and non-profit and used in a manner that will not detract from the profits of the original producer.

Your privacy and that of your family is of great concern.  A balance must be struck between your story and history.

If there are any concerns, please contact me immediately that the issue may be resolved and content removed or changed.

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