LAS VEGAS-One of the men responsible for turning the nation's attention toward removing scrap tire piles, George B. Craig Jr., died of an apparent heart attack Dec. 21 while attending an American Society of Entomologists meeting in Las Vegas. He was 65. Mr. Craig, a world-renowned expert on mosquitoes and an entomologist and biology professor at the University of Notre Dame, was an outspoken critic of what he called the country's failure to control the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito. As a Notre Dame faculty member for 38 years, he argued that the Asian tiger species brought Eastern equine encephalitis-a sometimes-fatal disease characterized by inflammation of the brain-into the country in a shipment of used tires.
Mr. Craig and his associates then expanded their research to include the Asian tiger mosquito, fearful it was a more effective transmitter of the disease than native species. He had worked a number of times with National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association executives to help resolve the U.S. scrap tire problem.
Removing discarded scrap tires, where mosquitoes can nest and breed, is an effective way of controlling the spread of certain sometimes-fatal diseases, he said.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son; two daughters; and six grandchildren.
AUSTIN, Texas-Richard Molitor, co-founder of D*&*M Tire, died Nov. 24 of cancer in his Austin home. He was 52.
Mr. Molitor started working for General Tire in the early 1960s before moving to Austin and starting D & M Tire, a single-location retail tire and automotive service center with partner Cliff Davis in 1977. Mr. Davis left the business about one year later, according to Gene Sharpe, who currently is running the business with Mr. Molitor's son, Lonnie David.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Billie Ann; two daughters; two grandchildren; five brothers; and two sisters.