Dr. Charles Edward McCreight, 97, passed away on November 1, 2010 in the house in which he was born in Camden on the 17th of March, 1913. His parents were Beverly Randolph McCreight and Sarah Katherine Sullivan McCreight. Charles was a WWII veteran and participated in the invasion of Normandy; assigned to the 69th Ordinance Group. As a member of General Patton’s Third US Army, he campaigned from Omaha Beach through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. He was especially proud of the part he and his fellow soldiers played during the Battle of the Bulge.
Upon his return to the United States, Charles enrolled in the George Washington University pursuing studies in medical science. In 1952, after earning both BS and MS degrees, GWU conferred upon Charles a PHD. Dr. McCreight joined the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1954, as Professor of Gross and Microscopic Anatomy. In 1983, upon his formal retirement from teaching in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Lenoir-Rhyne College bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree and he was entitled Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Throughout 31 plus years at the medical school he had been recognized on numerous occasions for his excellence in presentation and mentoring of his students.
Dr. McCreight, as an educator, belonged to many professional organizations including the American Association of Anatomists, Past-president of the Wake Forest University Chapter of Sigma Xi; the Gerontological Society Fellow; the Southern Association of Anatomists; and past member of the North Carolina Commission of Anatomy. Charles was also an accomplished musician, playing both piano and organ. He was a member of the American Guild of Organist; the Organ Historical Society, past member of the Board of Directors Civic Music Association; past member of the Board of Directors for both the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Mozart Club; sponsoring Winston-Salem’s annual production of Handel’s “Messiah.”
Charles was a devout Episcopalian; confirmed on the 9th of June, 1946, by Bishop Angus Dun at the Washington National Cathedral and he had been an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, NC since 1952. He devoted his time and energies to the church as a Candidate for Vestry, member of the Music Committee, and College Student Committee, serving as Lay Eucharistic Minister for several years. Dr. McCreight also donated four strained glass “story” windows to the church; dedicated to his parents, an uncle and aunt, and both paternal and maternal grandparents. Since returning to Camden, he continued his devotions by becoming a member of the Grace Episcopal Church congregation.
Dr. McCreight is survived by two sisters, Sarah Grozbean and her husband, Bernard of Boynton Beach, FL and Mary Goodman of Camden, SC; 15 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Walter J. Bo and Charles E. McCreight Fund for the support of the annual Bo-McCreight Distinguished Neuroscience Lecture Series, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. www.wfubmc.edu/onlinegift
A memorial service will be held at 3pm, Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Grace Episcopal Church, Camden, SC. Guests are invited to the McCreight home after the memorial to enjoy a stand up buffet dinner.