Magazine article Talent Development

In Memoriam: Robert L. Craig, 1920-2011

Magazine article Talent Development

In Memoriam: Robert L. Craig, 1920-2011

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Scores of trainers who came of age between 1960 and 1980 share a common experience--poring over The ASTD Training and Development Handbook to school themselves in the basics of their profession. Long before the existence of competency studies, certification, and train-the-trainer courses, the Handbook was considered the authoritative source for the profession. Robert L. Craig, who was editor-in-chief of four editions of the Handbook between 1958 and 1971, died this spring at age 90 in Chester, Connecticut.

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Craig also was editor of ASTD's Training and Development Journal from May 1957 through May 1972. He was publisher of the magazine from July 1975 to September 1981. Writers who worked with Craig recall an exacting editor with a formidable command of grammar, usage, and style. His vast knowledge of the HR field, and his ability to find and coax information from subject matter experts, made him an excellent editor. It was Craig who in 1959 invited Don Kirkpatrick to write an article about his newly developed four-level evaluation method.

Craig, who ran ASTD's legislative office in Washington, D.C., helped open ASTD's headquarters there in 1981. Kevin O'Sullivan, former executive director of ASTD, notes, "My friend and colleague Bob Craig was a major contributor to our profession, through his prolific writing and editing, and his pioneering leadership of ASTD's Washington, D.C. office, where he established the groundwork for the essential initiative of relocating our national headquarters there from Madison, Wisconsin. …

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