Craig R. Washa, Jr., 21, died February 16, 1988, in his Marshfield, MA home of cancer. He was an honor student, gymnast, and member of the symphony orchestra at Dartmouth College. Craig was an accomplished tennis player, competing in the state semifinals while at Marshfield High School.
Russell Stevens ’88* remembers:
To his close circle of friends, Craig still stands as the kindest person we’ll ever know. He was no pushover, for sure. Pranking him meant certain (and often physical) rebuke. Challenging him to anything bought you a battle to the finish. In our frequent rounds of one-upsmanship, he was a willing antagonist … but also the group conscience when things, inevitably, would get out of hand.
Craig had an uncommon range of interests and talents for a young adult. A standout gymnast. Accomplished violinist. Relentless tennis foe. A whiz in all things math and science. And a devoted brother (to Kirsten and Rachel) and son (to Polly and Craig) who delighted in sharing his Dartmouth experiences with his Marshfield family.
Craig’s courage was beyond compare. After intense treatment, he chose to return to Dartmouth for his junior year, to ignore the side effects and to dive right back into college life — in full. Those months brought him, his incredible family and all of us great joy and a lifetime of memories.
What I remember most about Craig is his graciousness and generosity. He cared deeply about what you thought or how you felt and gave real time to listen. With Craig, it was always you first; your issue, your happiness … even as his struggles mounted.
As his enduring gift, Craig taught us that friendships need time and tending. And while he shared less than four years of his remarkable life with us, it was enough to shape how we’ve lived our lives ever since.
*Russell wrote this tribute in collaboration with Craig’s ’88 friends, including Scott Bertetti, Karen Dietz, Dave Goran, Ron Grant, Dan Estabrook, Cindy Korzelius, Nick Nobili, Brian Storr, Chris Tahta, Walter Mutter and the many others lucky enough to play, work and live with Craig Washa during his time at Dartmouth.