Albertus Magnus College is Saddened by Loss of Marcus McCraven

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Recipient in 2011

Marcus McCraven, a history-making electrical engineer and member of the Albertus Magnus College family, passed away on May 5, 2021.  McCraven received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Albertus in 2011.

“The Albertus Magnus College family joins Albertus Board of Trustee member Paul McCraven and his family, in mourning the loss of his father,” said Albertus President Marc M. Camille.  In my time serving as President, I’ve learned Marcus McCraven was a man of so many admirable qualities, including leading a life of integrity, impact, and compassion.  He was a source of positive change and indelible contributions in the greater New Haven region.”

McCraven, who resided in Hamden, was the former Vice President of United Illuminating and was Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute Environmental Committee.  He also served on the US Environmental Protection Agency National Air Pollution Control Techniques Advisory Committee, the Executive Science Advisory Committee, and as a project leader of the Nuclear Systems Branch, Naval Research Laboratory.

After graduating from high school, McCraven enrolled at Howard University but was drafted in the US Army during his first year of college.  He later returned to Howard and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  McCraven’s work and expertise in his field led him to be profiled by The History Makers, billed as the Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection.  The Emmy-nominated documentary, No Barriers Too High, also highlights McCraven’s contribution to the US nuclear development program.  He was a trustee emeriti at Quinnipiac University where there is an endowed scholarship in his name.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.