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DuVal Cravens, 84, of Buffalo, a prominent businessman, died Wednesday (Feb. 28, 2001) in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness.

Cravens retired in 1985 as executive vice president of Osmose Wood Preserving Co. of Buffalo and remained a member of the board until 1995. The worldwide company employs more than 1,000 workers doing business with major telephone and electric companies.

Born in Oakland, Calif., Cravens moved to Buffalo in 1930 and attended Nichols School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1938 and a master's in business administration from Harvard University in 1940.

While serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was commanding officer of the first U.S. ship to enter Tokyo Harbor after the Japanese surrender in 1945.

In 1946, Cravens became president of Larchmont Homes of Buffalo. He was named executive vice president of Osmose in 1948. Under his leadership, Osmose developed many new products to restore the strength of existing utility poles, keeping them safe for linemen.

Cravens was a past president of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences and a past board member of Planned Parenthood and the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Saturn Club, Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club and Buffalo Yacht Club and was active with the American Humanist Association, Zero Population Growth, Negative Population Growth and the National Organization for Women.

Survivors include his wife, the former Annette McGuire; a daughter, Constance of Phoenix; two sons, Philip of West Seneca and Curtis of Brooklyn; and three grandchildren.

The family will be receiving guests at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Saturn Club. A private ceremony will be held later.


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