WSU professor and Kansas historian Craig Miner dies
H. Craig Miner, the Willard W. Garvey Professor of Business History at Wichita State University, died Sunday, Sept. 12, following a lengthy illness. He was 65.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 19.
Dr. Miner, a WSU alumnus, left a doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado in 1969 to join the Wichita State faculty.
In 1972 he became an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 1978. Ten years later, Dr. Miner was named distinguished professor, and his endowed professorship began in 2006.
He taught courses for Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the W. Frank Barton School of Business, including courses in economic history; Kansas and local history; U.S. 1865-1900; and advanced research and writing.
Dr. Miner served as chair of the History Department from 1998-2004 and director of the public history program from 1998-1999.
He was an expert in the history of Kansas and business history and the author of about 40 books.
He served on the WSU Centennial committee and the University Press of Kansas Editorial Board. He was on committees for about 20 organizations throughout the years.
Dr. Miner was often nominated for Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching and Academy for Effective Teaching Awards. He won more than half a dozen other awards for his work.
A vast array of subjects kept Dr. Miner’s interest. He had considered the possibility of returning to school to study Egyptology. He gave instruction in amateur astronomy.
Dr. Miner also enjoyed bicycling, classical guitar, book collecting and classic cars.
He married Susan (Suzi) Miner in August 1967. They have two sons, Hal and Wilson.