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Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 9:50 a.m.

Conservator will retire as the longest-serving employee in University of Michigan history

By Kellie Woodhouse

The University of Michigan's longest-serving employee is retiring.


Jim Craven began working at U-M in 1947.

University of Michigan photo

University conservator Jim Craven, has spent more than 63 years at the Ann Arbor school and is leaving as the longest-serving staff member in school history.

Craven first began as a part-time bookbinder at U-M in 1947, while still in high school. He's been working full-time as a bookbinder and artifact conserver since 1949, with a brief stint from 1951 until 1953 to serve in the Army in Korea and Japan.

Read more about Craven's retirement in the University Record.

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Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

Wonderful article! He must have some great stories to tell. I would love to hear them!


Sat, Dec 1, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

God Bless and enjoy your retirement -- Thanks for your many years of service.


Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

Congratulations and Go Blue!

Tex Treeder

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

A craftsman and a gentleman whom I had the pleasure to meet once. I wish Mr. Craven a happy retirement.

Dr. Fate

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

[In Maxwell Smart voice] Dr. Gilman missed it by this much.


Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

Bravo ! Here is a role model and someone who truly deserves his retirement laurels ! ....not the likes of Sid Gilman...

Linda Peck

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

This is a great story about a true artisan, one of UofM's treasures, Jim Craven.