Three Craig graduates to be added to honor wall March 21

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Nick Crow
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

JANESVILLE — Craig High School will add three graduates to its honor wall in a ceremony Friday, March 21.

The school has honored 35 graduates since the wall was created in 2006.

This year's honorees include a former nurse, government organizer and activist; a leading engineer and author; and a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force and advocate for cystic fibrosis research.

Craig High School provided information about each:

-- Erin Murphy, Craig Class of 1978, got her bachelor's degree in nursing at UW-Oshkosh before receiving a master's degree in organizational leadership at the University of St. Catherine.

She then attended Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota as a policy fellow. This led to Murphy serving as the former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She also worked for the organization as a lobbyist and organizer.

Before that, Murphy worked in state government as a legislative director for former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III and as community relations director for the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning.  She was also an operating room nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

During her time at Craig, she was involved with Spotlighters, A Cappella Choir, Drama Guild, Phoenix, ski club and thespians.

She resides in St. Paul, Minn., and is serving her fourth term as a representative for the Minnesota State Legislature.

-- David Douglas, Craig Class of 1981, got his bachelor's degree in science and master's degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.

Douglas between 1986 and 1993 worked for Thinking Machines, where he was a lead designer on Connection Machine 5, the fastest computer in the world at the time. He was then vice president of cloud computing and chief sustainability officer at Sun Microsystems.

He co-authored the book “Citizen Engineer,” detailing how engineers can make the world a better place.

During his time at Craig High School, Douglas participated in cross-country, basketball and tennis.

He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the board of directors for the National Ecology Observatory Network, which is a $500 million National Science Foundation project that gathers data about the impacts of climate change, land usage and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. 

-- Matthew Butler, Craig Class of 2005, joined the U.S. Air Force, continuing his education through the Community College of the Air Force and Thomas Edison State College online as he served on active duty.

While in the Air Force, Butler was awarded First Airman Award No. 1 Base Military Training Honor Graduate in 2009, Senior Airman Below the Zone Award in 2011, Army Achievement Medal in 2011, The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award in 2011, Commendation Medal in 2012 and the John L. Levitow Award for Airman Leadership in 2013.

Butler is involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a congressional advocate promoting legislation affecting medical research and finding a cure.

He was inspired to become involved in the organization when his son Adrik was diagnosed with the disease.

At Craig, Butler was involved in DECA, Christian Fellowship, Spotlighters, A Cappella Choir and football. He was voted most admired, best personality and prom king by his classmates.

Butler and his wife, Danielle, have two sons, Adrik and Kyler.

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