Craig T. Wright 1931-2019
Craig T. Wright, a longtime Joliet attorney, died March 29, 2019. He was born in Newton, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 1931.
He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and was the fifth generation of his family to graduate from the University of Iowa College of Law, which was founded in 1865 by his great, great grandfather, George G. Wright.
On Aug. 23, 1958, he and Anne Robson were married at Christ Episcopal Church. Craig’s priorities were his family, his summer home in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin, and his beloved Iowa Hawkeye football team. He and Annie also traveled widely, visiting 28 countries together and with friends.
Craig practiced real estate and probate law in Joliet for over 50 years, first with his father-in-law, Charles Robson in the firm of Robson, Masters, Ryan, Brumund, and Belom, and later with Wright and Babcock Ltd. Subsequently, Craig was in solo practice until his retirement in 2011.
Craig served on the board of directors of the Joliet Federal Savings and Loan, Amerifed Bank, and NBD Bank. He was a founder and director of the Heritage Bank (now Chase) in Crest Hill. He was active in Rotary, was president of the Will County Bar Association, and was attorney for the Village of Rockdale.
He was on the board of directors of the Joliet Montessori School and on the lay advisory board of Joliet Catholic High School. Until he became ill, Craig was an active member of St. Edward and Christ Episcopal Church, serving as both treasurer and senior warden. He was also a member of the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Thomas and Nancy Isabel Wright, and his brother, Peter Wright. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne; and four children, Charles (Cathy), Stephen (Kelly), Elizabeth (Chris Green), and Daniel (Anne); as well as 14 grandchildren, Ben, Leah, and Eric; Craig (Lauren), Caroline (Charles Jones), Thomas, William, and Sarah; Andrew, Megan, and Abigail; and Jonathon, Isabel, and Liam. Recently, two great-granddaughters, Anne Elizabeth and Sawyer Grace, have joined the family.