October 28, 1942 – December 31, 2020
Born in Davenport, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Craig L. Urbauer

Craig L. Urbauer, 78, of Lincoln, passed away December 31, 2020.

Born October 28, 1942, raised in Davenport, NE.  Parents Lester and Ruth (Swanson) Urbauer.  Married Arlene Joyce Schoonover in Milford, NE on August 12, 1967.

Survived by wife, Joyce Urbauer, sister Marilyn (Urbauer) Williams, two children, Stephen Urbauer (Hollie Stirts), and Elizabeth Brown (Jeremy Brown).  Four grandchildren, Gianna and Francesca Urbauer, Sarah and Andrew Brown.

Graduated from Davenport High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University (Bachelor of Arts), and University of Nebraska College of Medicine (Medical Doctor).  Post graduate training at Bryan Memorial Hospital, the University of Iowa, the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (Master’s Degree, Public Health), and the US Army War College (Master’s Degree, Strategic Planning).  Board Certified in Urology and Aerospace Medicine.

Early active duty military career; Battalion Surgeon, Viet Nam 1969 – 1970, awarded the Bronze Star and 4 Air Medals.

Practiced clinical urology in Lincoln, NE from 1975 to 1987.  Member of the Nebraska Medical Association, and Nebraska Army National Guard.  President of the Nebraska Division American Cancer Society, President Lancaster County Medical Society, and President, Lancaster County Blood Bank.

Active service in the US Army 1987 – 2007.  Various positions included National Guard Bureau Surgeon twice, Army Reserve Chief Surgeon, Chief Medical Officer 18th Medical Command, Korea, Dean, US Army School of Aviation Medicine, Commander US Army Aeromedical Center, Assistant Deputy for Medical Policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army.  He was directly involved in medical support for Hurricane Hugo, Virgin Islands, 1989, and Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, 2005.  He was responsible for establishing health care for 5000 Kosovo refugees brought to the United States in May, 1999.  He survived the 911 attack on the Pentagon in 2001.  He worked with and mentored six junior officers who subsequently became General Officers, to include The Surgeon General of the US Army, and The Surgeon General of the US Coast Guard.

Additional military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf clusters, Master Flight Surgeon wings, Air Assault Wings, the US Army Order of Military Medical Merit, and over 100 “Challenge Coins” for accomplishment/commendation.

Following retirement from the Army in 2007 he worked as Chief Medical Officer and Project Manager for ASM Research in Falls Church, VA, creating and developing military medical readiness programs for the Department of Defense.

He and Joyce retired in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2011.

A small family and friends private memorial service will be held at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:30 am.

Memorials may be sent to Bryan College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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