April 19, 1928 – Sept. 2, 2017
Craig A. Woodworth worked as an electrical engineer and had a passion for history and technology.
An expert on the development of railroads and electrical power, and a seasoned traveler who visited all 50 states and 11 countries, he shared his enthusiasm in many presentations to church groups and historical and civic organizations.
He died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.
Mr. Woodworth's interests included steam locomotives, the places he visited, and the generation and transmission of electricity in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. He lectured at the Buffalo Science Museum and the Buffalo History Museum.
“We went to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska,” said his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth O. Stevens. “We used to go to conventions for historical societies for the railroads. We went all over the country for those.”
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Woodworth was a 1946 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School. He served in the Army as a radio operator with the 65th Combat Engineer Battalion assigned to the 25th Infantry Division during the occupation of Japan, stationed in Osaka. He returned 10 years ago to see how the city had changed.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1953 and began working for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. As an underground engineer, he oversaw design of electrical service to large buildings in downtown Buffalo and special underground cable projects, including 20 miles of 230,000-volt underground cable from the Gardenville Station to the Huntley Station.
He was a senior transmission engineer at the Electric Building in downtown Buffalo when he retired in 1987, and he continued as a consultant for National Grid from 1990 to 2008.
Mr. Woodworth was author of many articles for the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy magazine, Classic Trains magazine and Trains magazine, and for the newsletters of organizations to which he belonged.
“He did a lot of research,” his wife says. “He was just always interested in things like that.”
He was a life member of the IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, the national electronic engineering honor society; the Niagara Mohawk Pension Club, and four railroad historical societies.
He also built a model railroad layout in his basement.
A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Millennium Lodge 1179, Free & Accepted Masons; and was active in Kenmore Presbyterian Church, serving as a trustee, elder, deacon and a member of the group Job’s Guys.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Duane A.; four daughters, Nancy L. Woodworth-Hill, Pat A., Carol D. and Susan E.; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.