Dr. Clarence Richard Creger, Jr., 78, of College Station, Texas, passed away Saturday August 4, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Health Care Center in Bryan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Graveside Services will be held Friday at Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir, Kansas.
Dr. Creger was born June 8, 1934, to Marie Irene Smith and Clarence R. Creger, Sr. in Carona, Kansas. He served in the United States Army and the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1956 and his Masters of Science Degree in 1957 in nutrition from Kansas State University. In 1960, Clarence received his Doctoral Degree in biochemistry and nutrition from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Creger’s career started as research assistant at Kansas State before taking the same position at Texas A&M in 1958, to work on his Doctoral Degree. He worked his way from Assistant Professor beginning in 1962 to Professor and Head of the Department of Poultry at A&M from 1982 to 1992. In 1992 he became Interim Associate Deputy Chancellor for Agriculture and Interim Executive Associate Dean, and professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. On September 1, 2004 to December 31, 2004 he became Deputy Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Professor, Department of Poultry Science. On January 1, 2005 until the present he was Professor, Department of Poultry Science. In 1992 he received the Deputy Chancellors Award for Excellence in Administration; in 1995 he received the Texas Poultry Federation Golden Feather Award in recognition of his service to the Texas Poultry Industry. In 1997, he received the Poultry Science Association Fellows Award.
During his career, he served as Graduate Advisor for Poultry Science and Nutrition students, and Counselor for undergraduate students. He has authored and co-authored over 190 scientific articles in the field of poultry nutrition and biochemistry, authored a book on poultry nutrition and biochemistry, titled “Poultry Nutrition, A Programmed Text”. He co-authored another book on vitamins and minerals.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Margie Creger Grant, Willa Creger Burdette, and Ruth Marie Creger; and one nephew, Ralph Burdette, Jr.
He is survived by his niece, Judy Reynolds of Scammon, Kansas; two great-nieces, Cyndee Martin and Wyndee Arneson both of Scammon, Kansas; two great-nephews, Bryan Burdette of Pittsburg, Kansas and Broc Burdette of Scammon, Kansas; four great-great-nieces; six great-great-nephews; and one great-great-great-niece.
He had a lifelong love and respect for nature and will be remembered for his kindness and brilliant mind.
The family has requested that memorials be made to C.R Creger Endowed Scholarship in Poultry Science through the Texas A&M Foundation online at Texas A&M Foundation-Give Now-Agriculture & Life Sciences or by mail to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please make checks payable to the Texas A&M Foundation. Indicate “C. R. Creger Endowed Scholarship – Poultry Science, Account # 34131” on the memo line.