Title: Vice President, Director of Health and Human Services, Retired
Company: General Mills Corporation
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
James L. Craig, MD, MPH, Vice President and Director of Health and Human Services at General Mills Inc., Retired has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Craig grew up in a small community and often witnessed a local doctor helping his neighbors, which inspired him to pursue medicine. He wanted to help people following examples set by his parents of helping others. After completing coursework at Middle Tennessee State University, he went on to earn an MD from the University of Tennessee in 1956. He later continued his education with a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963.
Certified through the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Craig completed an internship at the University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital in 1957, and after spending three years of active duty in the United States Air Force he completed a medical residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. After finishing this residence in Occupational Medicine, he completed a residency at the Tennessee Valley Authority. There he was hired as a physician and later became the Chief Medical Officer prior to relocating to the General Mills Corporation. Starting as their Corporate Medical Director, he progressed to lead the Corporation’s safety and environmental management departments in addition to the medical services. He retired from General Mills in 1998.
Although previously serving as an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and at Meharry Medical School, it wasn’t until 1979 that he was appointed an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and their School of Public Health where he served several years. He also served as a Trustee on the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation, and chairman of the advisory board at their Center of Environment and Health Policy. Alongside these roles, he was the founder and president of the Family and Preventive Health Service, Inc., until he retired in 2018.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Craig can be found in myriad editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World. In addition to these publications, he is also featured in the 3rd edition of Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals and the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. In 2019, he became a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in light of his accomplishments.
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