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Col. Craig J. Canfield, M.D., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Colonel Craig J. Canfield, MD, USA (Ret.), 83, of Talent, Ore., beloved husband and father, went to his heavenly home in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 5, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Craig was born in 1932 in Pasadena, Calif. His early years were spent on a family farm in Elk Creek, a time which he characterized as “…by far the most significant and enjoyable years of my life.” He spent this period working on the farm, caring for animals, and learning ranching skills from his father and older brother. The family eventually moved to Ashland, Ore. where he went to Ashland High School. He attended the University of Oregon and later the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree. While there, he met and married Beatrice Golding.

He was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army in 1958 and was initially assigned as Group Surgeon for the 2/503 Airborne Battle Group, 82nd Airborne Division in Fayetteville, N.C. He was chosen for a residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, conducting research for several years. He interlaced that time with a number of tours of duty including Thailand and Vietnam, performing field clinical research on malarial infections.

He returned to Walter Reed and worked multiple assignments. He became the principal investigator for a number of new anti-malarial drugs, including mefloquine and halofantrine, which are still in use around the world. He retired from the Army in 1984, having earned numerous professional accolades for  medical research, including the Legion of Merit. Its citation recognizes him for, “Leading the Army’s development of ten drugs effective against malaria, cyanide poisoning, nerve gas poisoning, and nuclear radiation. Due to his world-wide recognition as the leading authority on anti-malarial drug development, the Army gained national and international credibility in medical research.”

In the years following, he continued drug development work with several research organizations, including the World Health Organization, and established his own company, Pharmaceutical Systems, Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea; 11 children; 31 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He touched and impacted so many lives, directly and indirectly. Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Enid Canfield; and his brother, Jack.

Craig’s family wishes to extend their warmest thanks for the exceptional care provided to him by Asante Home Health and Hospice programs over the last year.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, Ore. Sincere thanks to Rev. George Nye and the staff and members of WPC for their support.

In lieu of flowers, a tribute contribution may be made on behalf of Craig J. Canfield to Doctors Without Borders by calling 1-888-392-0392, or by mail to: DWB/USA, PO Box 5030,  Hagerstown, MD 21741-0392.

Col. Craig J. Canfield, M.D., U.S. Army (Ret.)