In Memoriam: James Creighton


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 16, 2005 of retiree James E. Creighton at his home in East Falmouth after a long illness. He was 88.

James Creighton was born April 20, 1917 in Warren, Maine, and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Waltham, MA in 1935.  He spent a year studying civil engineering at Northeastern University in 1936-1937 before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1939. While serving in the Air Force he earned a certificate in mechanical  drawing and a bronze star, retiring in 1967 after a 28-year career as a Master Sergeant in Communications Operations. Jim then worked briefly at Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth as a hardware clerk from 1967 to 1969 before accepting a position as a stock clerk at the Army and Air Force Exchange at Otis Air Force Base.

He joined the Institution staff in May 1970 as a security guard and transferred to the Stockroom in October 1972.  Jim worked as a mail clerk from June 1973 to March 1979, when he returned to the Stockroom.  He transferred to Purchasing in December 1981 and remained a casual employee working in the Stockroom until he retired from WHOI in February 1990.

Survivors include his wife, Kyoko (Nojiri) Creighton of East Falmouth, MA; a daughter, Sandra Creighton of Jacksonville, FL; and two grandsons.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, November 18,  at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church on Route 28 in East Falmouth. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.


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