This US Coast Guard veteran has lived all his 93 years in Decatur County save for four he spent as a student at Purdue and an additional three-and-a-half he spent serving in World War Two.
Stewart spent his career in agriculture, working for Stewart Seeds, a family-farm business founded by his father. After his father died, Stewart took over as president, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1985.
Craig spent a large part of his career with Bluth Animation as a production manager, an executive production manager, a vice president and as a producer. He’s had a role in some of the most famous animated Hollywood productions in the last 20 years, including, “An American Tale,” “The Land Before Time,” “The Secret of NIMH,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven” and others.
He cited, “the nurturing from my teachers in both high school and junior high school,” as having inspired him to “actually pursue my passion.”
He went on to name four teachers – Geneva Risk, George Granholt, Ralph McCullough and Martha Frost – from GCHS - as having had the greatest influence.
Granholt, Craig noted, is still alive and actually sat on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee that chose the inaugural inductees.
Craig further noted that he also “worked a lot with (local resident and GDN columnist) Pat Smith. She was one the youth advisors at the Presbyterian Church and has written many articles about me since I left.”
Craig collaborated with Smith on what he described as a “30-minute cultural film” entitled “Empty Shoes.” “Empty Shoes,” he said, was an important piece of filmmaking in his progression and maturation into a career filmmaker.
He also spent three years in high school working as a projectionist and a concessioner for local movie theatres, the KP Theatre and the Tree Theatre.