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“Nancy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Keep your special memories close to your heart and he'll be with you forever. ”
1 of 43 | Posted by: Roxanne and Larry Kline - Clive, IA

“Dear Nancy, Katherine and Eric, Words cannot begin to express the sadness I feel for Craig's all too early passing. I was a young scientist at MDS...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Maureen McGonegal Barnes

“Rest in peace, Craig. My condolences to you and your family, Nancy. ”
3 of 43 | Posted by: Ted Koontz - Tampa, FL

“Dear Nancy and Family, Audrey and I are so sorry to hear of Craig's passing and our deepest sympathies, condolences, and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Michael and Audrey Ferrante - NJ

“Dear Nancy & Family; My sincere condolences. I just heard the news. Although I have been away from Florida for over a decade I still have very...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: Wayne Whittingham - Wilmington, NC

“I was so sorry & saddened to hear of Craig's passing. I worked with Craig from the time MDS Pharma Services ( MDS Tricon at the time) in Tampa first...Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: Tim Hudson - Clearwater, FL

“Dear Nancy, Gabe and I were so sorry to hear the sad news of Craig's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With sincere...Read More »
7 of 43 | Posted by: Amy Cipau - Raleigh, NC

“Nancy, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Mitch and Lou Jean Manning ”
8 of 43 | Posted by: Mitchell and Lou Jean Manning - NC

“our prays are with you : ”
9 of 43 | Posted by: Jeanette & Troy Peck - Fowler, IN

“Dear Nancy and family, I am so saddened to hear about Craig's recent passing. Please accept my condolences and may God especially be with you at...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Lynnell Odegard - Greenville, NC

“Nancy and Family, So sorry to hear the news of Craig's passing. Craig was a great mentor to me when I was a pharmacy intern at Burroughs Wellcome. ...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: Beth (Szkudlarek) Brown - MN

“Craig was unequivocally the biggest influence on my career development. He helped me develop as a chemist, and was a great mentor and leader. To this...Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: Brian Glass - Clearwater, FL

“Craig hired me into his formulation development department at MDS Pharma Servies in 2001. He was a great mentor to me and my colleagues and one of...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Brian McMillan - Tampa, FL

“Dear Nancy Dharmi and I are in shock to learn about passing away of Craig. May God give his soul peace and strengths to you, children and family. Nik...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: Nikul and Dharmi Kikani - NC

“To the Davis family, I just recently met Craig while serving on a committee. He was a very friendly man with a great sense of humor and compassion....Read More »
15 of 43 | Posted by: NaShanta McQuay

“Nancy, Katherine and Eric I'm sitting here this morning shocked and in disbelief !! I can't imagine what you and the kids are going through. Please...Read More »
16 of 43 | Posted by: Tamyra Desris - Phoenixville, PA

“Dear Nancy, Katherine, and Eric, We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Craig. We have many fond memories from our time in Tampa. Craig was...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: Brent & Janet Miller - MN

“Many thoughts and prayers to you, Nancy and the family, friends, and colleagues of Craig. He and I started at BWCo on the same day. Many of the...Read More »
18 of 43 | Posted by: Julian Cutler - Greenville, NC

“Dear Nancy, Katherine and Eric, On behalf of myself and everyone at Eli Lilly and Company that knew and worked with Craig, please accept our sincere...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Iain Richardson - Indianapolis, IN

“Craig was especially nice to me and always told me I was doing a great job. He had such a warm personality. I even remember when he got married. My...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: Carolyn Smith-Thompkins - Durham, NC

“Deepest sympathies to the family. His was a life taken way too early. He had a passion for life, his family and for his work. He will be greatly...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Rhonda Peck - West Lafayette, IN

“Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marc Locco ”
22 of 43 | Posted by: Marc Locco - Wrightsville Beach, NC

“It is such a shock to learn of the sudden passing of Craig. Craig and I worked together in PRDL. We shared many laughs together. He was a fine...Read More »
23 of 43 | Posted by: Loria Crawford Vainright - NC

“Dear Nancy, I was so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. He was a leader, a mentor, and a great family man. He had a tremendous sense of community and...Read More »
24 of 43 | Posted by: Connie Lareau - Ann Arbor, MI

“Dear Nancy, I am so sorry about Craig's passing. You and Craig were always fun to watch interact. You were such good friends who worked together to...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Bob Bennett - West Lafayette, IN

“Craig will be greatly missed. We didnt work togther long but it was an intense and rewarding relationship. He has ment so much to Purdue, PRF and to...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: Dan Hasler - West Lafayette, IN

“Nancy, so very, very sorry to hear about Craig David Holland ”
27 of 43 | Posted by: David Holland

“Nancy, Katherine, and Eric, We are so saddened to hear of Craig's passing. Craig was a wonderful person and we have many fond (and funny) memories...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: John and Sue Ludwig - Wildwood, MO

“Dear Nancy and Family, Our hearts are with you all and we pray for peace and comfort. God Bless you all. Alger and Adaire Salt ”
29 of 43 | Posted by: Alger and Adaire Salt - Durham, NC

“Nancy, We are so very sorry for your loss. Craig was a wonderful friend since I first met him when he was an IPPH graduate student. I was a new...Read More »
30 of 43 | Posted by: Judi Yost - Lafayette, IN

“Nancy, I am sorry for your loss and will keep you and family in my prayers. Craig was a wonderful individual and the loss is felt by many. May love...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Susan Lynch-Smith - Greenville, NC

“Nancy - I'm so sorry to hear the news. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless, Larry Seigler ”
32 of 43 | Posted by: Larry Seigler - Greenville, NC

“Nancy and kids, What a shock to hear of Craig's passing. He was way too young with so much more to accomplish in this life! He was an amazing...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: Laura Smith - Wake Forest, NC

“Dear Nancy! May your family and friends comfort you during this sad time. Please feel free to call me anytime - we can support each other! Take...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Cindi Koh-Knox - West Lafayette, IN

“Dear Nancy, Katherine, and Eric, We are sorry for such an early loss of your husband and father. I will remember Craig for his mentorship and sense...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Scott Thatcher - Maple Grove, MN

“Dear Nancy, Katherine and Eric, I'm am so saddened to hear of Craig's passing - words can not express. But please know that not only was Craig my...Read More »
36 of 43 | Posted by: Alison Floyd - RALEIGH, NC

“Nancy and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have many pleasant memories of spending time with you and Craig. You are in our...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Kathy and David Elks - NC

“Dear Katherine, Eric, and Mrs. Davis,My heart aches for your loss. Mr. Davis was a truly wonderful person; I will always cherish our memories of...Read More »
38 of 43 | Posted by: Rachael Ehrlich - Chicago, IL

“Nancy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Craig had a great sense of humor and was so much fun to work with. He will be missed,...Read More »
39 of 43 | Posted by: Cindy and Phil Autry - Apex, NC

“Nancy and kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Take care.Yours truly,Mike ”
40 of 43 | Posted by: Michael (Mike) Ruff - Greenville, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Craig was a great co-worker and I learned alot from him. We will miss him. Jane and Lyman ”
41 of 43 | Posted by: Jane and Lyman Partin - Beaufort, NC

“Dear Nancy and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. Graig always made us laugh at work (BW). He will be missed. ...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: Kim Miller Tyndall - Wake Forest, NC

“Dearest Nancy, Katherine and Eric, We send our sincere sympathy to your family. We don't always understand God's plan, but Craig is at peace with...Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: Louie & Carol Salla - Attica,, IN

Craig W. Davis, PhD, age 58, of West Lafayette, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at home. Born August 18, 1955, in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Ralph Davis, PhD, and Betty (Simpson) Davis. Craig graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1973. He earned his BS in Microbiology from Purdue University in 1977 and his PhD in Industrial & Physical Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy at Purdue in 1981. He then joined Burroughs-Wellcome Company in Greenville, NC, where he worked for 14 years, from 1981 to 1995 in the department of Pharmaceutical Research & Development. He then went to Bausch & Lomb in Tampa, FL, where he was the Director of Pharmaceutical Product Development and the manager of Pharmaceutical Development from 1995 to 1997. Following that, he joined MDS Pharma Services in Tampa as co-founder and the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Davis returned with his family to West Lafayette in 2003 and joined The Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy & Contract Manufacturing in the Purdue Research Park as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Industrial & Physical Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University. He was a former member of the PDA (Parental Drug Association), a charter member of AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists), a member of Rho Chi National Pharmaceutical Honor Society, and a Fellow of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. Dr. Davis had authored various Pharmaceutical publications and book chapters and held a patent for the Method of Administering Respirable Pharmaceutical Particles. During his career in research and development, Dr. Davis was responsible for the development of drugs used in the treatment of AIDS, cancer, antiviral, opthalmics, and other life-threatening diseases.
Dr. Davis married Nancy Salla Davis, Dr. of Pharmacy, on November 19, 1983, in Greenville, NC, and she survives with their children, Katherine Elizabeth Davis of Waukegan, IL, and Eric William Davis at home and together they attended Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette. Also surviving is a brother, Mark Davis (wife, Mary Kay) of West Lafayette, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a host of friends and professional associates. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rae Tomastik.
Rosary service at 4:45 p.m., with visitation to follow from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Church of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., with Father David Buckles officiating. Graveside service at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Earl Park at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Food Finders, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or Church of the Blessed Sacrament. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at