Bruce Craig, Richard Krempasky die

Monday, March 15, 2010


Bruce C. Craig, 53, who spent his career with the Smithsonian Institution, died March 9 of pancreatic cancer at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in the District.

Mr. Craig joined the National Museum of American History as a high school intern in 1973. He later helped catalogue the anthropology collections at the National Museum of Natural History. At the time of his death, he was director of research and planning at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

Bruce Christopher Craig was born in Washington and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in classical archaeology and anthropology in 1978 and a master's degree in museum studies in 1984, also from GWU.

He traveled to Bhutan, India, Tibet and Bolivia and was a theater enthusiast who attended shows weekly.

Survivors include his partner of 31 years, Michael Schmidt of Washington; his mother, Betty Craig of Washington; three sisters, Jennifer Wiebke of Indianapolis, Elizabeth Perry of Bethesda and Patricia McKenna of Silver Spring; and a brother, Neal Craig of Lakeland, Fla.

-- Timothy R. Smith


Richard W. Krempasky, 61, an administrative judge with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Board of Contract Appeals from 1990 to 2007, died March 9 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital after a heart attack.

Judge Krempasky was a Federal Railroad Administration lawyer from 1978 to 1990, after an early career in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He retired in 1998 from the D.C. Army National Guard at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Richard William Krempasky was born in Washington and raised in Prince George's County, where he graduated from Surrattsville High School. He was a 1970 graduate of the College of William and Mary and a 1973 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

He was a resident of Fairfax County's Oak Hill community, where he was active in his homeowners association, and a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston. He enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Ramona Oshetski Krempasky of Oak Hill; four children, Katrina Krempasky of Oak Hill, Rachel Krempasky of Fairfax County, Laura Sherman of Herndon and Richard Krempasky of Centreville; two brothers, Joseph Krempasky of Lewiston, Idaho, and John Krempasky of Greenbelt; and two sisters, Elizabeth Krempasky of Denton, Md., and Alice Peach of Virginia Beach.

-- Adam Bernstein

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