John Pina Craven

Posted On March 29th, 2015 -

$nameJOHN PI�A CRAVEN John Pi�a Craven died peacefully on February 12th at his home in Honolulu. He was 90 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Dorothy; his son David and daughter-in-law Gwyneth Aubrey of Chicago; his daughter Sarah and son-in-law Matthew McGuire of Bethesda; his five grandchildren Anna, Dorothy, John Francis, Grace and John David; and his two siblings Kenneth Craven of New York City and Consuelo Craven of Minneapolis. His sister Mabel Neal preceded him in death. John moved his family to Honolulu in 1970 for “one year” and ended up staying for over forty more. John was known for his professional accomplishments as a nationally recognized ocean scientist and marine educator. But with equal zest he embraced music, art and poetry, which he loved to share with everyone he met. In lieu of flowers, the John P. Craven Marine Education Fund (#127-0620-4) at the University of Hawaii Foundation has been established to honor his life and passion. The fund will support student scholarships in the Marine Option Program. Checks should be written to UH Foundation and sent to UH Foundation, PO Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270. Please include either the fund name or fund number when sending checks. A celebration of John’s remarkable life will be held at Central Union Church on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm, with visitation at 4:30 pm and a reception following the service. In accordance with his wishes, John’s ashes will be spread at sea. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.


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