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Ruth W. Craig, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pomona College, BA 1974
Boston University, MA 1980
SUNY - Buffalo, PHD 1984

Immunology Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program
Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine


Contact Information:

HB 7650, Remsen
Geisel School of Medicine
Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Remsen 512B
Phone: 603-650-1657
Fax: 603-650-1188
Email: ruth.craig@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Cheryl A. Bush
Asst. Phone: 603-650-1101
Asst. Email: Cheryl.A.Bush@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

• History of Families from the New England/Quebec/Nova Scotia area.

• Causes of human mortality as they have evolved over the last several centuries.

Rotations and Thesis Projects:

• Investigating why the fall wave of the 1918 flu, as opposed to the spring wave, killed unusual numbers of healthy, young adults.
• GIS mapping of the 1916 polio epidemic that started in Brooklyn, New York.
• Causes of death of residents of Hanover, New Hampshire in the 1800s.

Courses Taught:

Endocrinology Sections of Medical Pharmacology


Dr. Ruth Craig received her B.S. in Zoology from Pomona College. She completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology at, respectively, Boston University Medical School and the State University of New York. After postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, she moved to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In 2016, she earned the credential of Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Mentoring Information:

Mentoring Dartmouth undergraduates.

Selected Publications:


  • R. Craig, Why Did the 1918 Flu Kill So Many Otherwise Healthy Young Adults? Smithsonianmag (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-did-1918-flu-kill-so-many-otherwise-healthy-young-adults-180967178/#k6wFzFTKWBGS3f08.01), October 2018.

  • R. Craig, What Happened to the Jewish Infantryman? He Fought for Germany in World War I But Was He Able to Ship Out Before the Holocaust? Avotaynu 37 (Fall 2016): 49–52.

  • M.A. Bewley, J. A. Preston, M. Mohasin, H. M. Marriott, R. C. Budd, J. Swales, P. Collini, D. R. Greaves, R. W. Craig, C. E. Brightling, L. E. Donnelly, P. J. Barnes, D. Singh, S. D. Shapiro, M. K. B. Whyte, D. H. Dockrell, Impaired Mitochondrial Microbicidal Responses in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Macrophages. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 196 (October 2017): 845–855. (view details on MedLine)

  • Ruth Craig, Book Review of: Scott Andrew Bartley, Early Vermont Settlers to 1771: Volume 1: Southern Windsor County, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, June 2018, 148-149.

  • Preston JA, Bewley MA, Marriott HM, Houghton AM, Mohasin M, Jubrail J, Morris L, Stephenson YL, Cross S, Greaves DR, Craig RW, van Rooijen N, Bingle CD, Read RC, Mitchell TJ, Whyte MKB, Shapiro SD, Dockrell DH, Alveolar Macrophage Apoptosis-associated Bacterial Killing Helps Prevent Murine Pneumonia, Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 16 Jan 2019.