Dr. Craig Wardrip is the oldest of 3 children of Charles and Patricia Wardrip. Craig graduated from Lew Wallace High School one year before Sue and went to Purdue University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics. For one year Craig taught high school math in Munster, IN. He married Sue and entered the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1971. He was stationed on active duty in Charleston SC for 2 years. Craig taught electricity and electronics to Navy technicians. After Sue convinced him to apply to veterinary school, Craig taught junior high math in East Gary, IN, for one year. He reentered Purdue with Sue in 1974. They graduated from vet school in 1978 and moved to Illinois. Craig worked at Escanaba Animal Hospital in Chicago, then Lepar Animal Hospital in Evergreen Park. In 1982, Craig opened Crestwood Animal Clinic, while Sue continued to support the family working in Brookfield. In 1983 Sue joined Craig full time in Crestwood, and later that year, Craig began taking care of a large beagle colony at Argonne National Laboratory. Also in 1983, Craig (who had 8 years service in the U.S. Navy reserves already) joined a veterinary care unit of the U.S. Army Reserves. In 1990, Craig’s unit was activated for Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Craig spent 6 months in Saudi Arabia. Sue somehow managed the practice and the 3 children (who were then 16, 10 and 3), until Craig returned home in 1991. From 1992 until 1994, while working part-time at Crestwood, and still in the Army, Craig spent 2 years at University of Illinois in Chicago. He trained there to become a board certified veterinary specialist. In 1994, he became a faculty member at University of Chicago, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the medical school. Craig retired from the Army in 1995 as a Major with 20 years of service. Craig continues to work part-time at Crestwood Animal Clinic, although his specialty is paying bills and doing the financial management. In his spare time, Craig watches more sports than Sue can tolerate, and runs 15-20 miles per week. Craig is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Advisory Committee for the Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technology program.
Update on Sue and Craig’s children: All 3 children graduated from Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Jean graduated from Purdue University with a degree in chemistry. She joined the U.S. Army and earned her M.D. at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She became a pediatrician and married Dan Burr. Jean served one year in Iraq. Jean is a Lieutenant Colonel with a specialty in adolescent medicine. She lives with Dan and their 2 children Marissa and Wyatt in Hawaii. Tom graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He earned a MBA from DePaul University. Tom is a Compensation Consultant for Arthur J. Gallagher Company. He married Tessa Rampage also a Purdue University graduate. They have our first grandson, Garrett. Becky, our baby, graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from you guessed it Purdue University (Go, Boilermakers). Becky married Jeff James whom she met at Purdue while they were both in the Purdue University Marching Band. Becky is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Abbott Nutrition.
Craig and Sue have three pets. CID is a 16 ½ year old domestic short hair cat that they adopted from Jean and Dan because she didn’t like living in Hawaii. Rocky, an eleven year old Labrador Retriever, moved in with them permanently in January of 2012. Jackson, a two year old Golden Retriever joined the family in the summer of 2011. CID likes the quiet and comfort of home while Jackson and Rocky love the excitement and attention of almost daily trips to the clinic. You will probably see then “guarding the clinic” over the lunch hour.