Allan Creighton April 23, 1946 – July 8, 2013
Allan Creighton, social justice/violence prevention health educator at the University of California Berkeley, died in the early morning of July 8 in San Francisco. A native of Williamsport, he was the son of the late G. Allan Creighton and Elizabeth Acker Creighton and a graduate of both Loyalsock Township High School and Pennsylvania State University.
He is beloved by family, friends, and the wide-reaching communities that include thousands of young people over many years who experienced him as a steadfast ally in the work to end the violence of racism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, and the oppression of all other targeted groups. A veteran community activist, he was a founder of Men Overcoming Violence and the Oakland Men’s Project. He was also a staff member of TODOS: Sherover Simms Alliance Building Institute, Battered Women’s Alternative, and New Bridges: Building Alliances and Unlearning Oppression before joining University Health Services at UC Berkeley.
He was an organic intellectual whose breadth of inquiry ranged from poetry, philosophy, spiritualism and aesthetics to cultural and political theory, all of which he absorbed and turned toward the rich conversations that formed the basis of his social justice practice – respect for the minds and hearts of others. He was gentle, graceful, possessed of a marvelous dry wit, and generous. He was also fiercely committed to his advocacy. The touchstone for his work was, “No one left out; no one left behind.”
He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie Nesnansky; his sisters, Jane Creighton and Ann Tracy; his nieces and nephews, Tara Tracy, Grant Kauwe, Michael Tracy and Joslyn Nolasco; his mother-in-law, Bernice North; his brothers-in-law, Jim Blain and Gary North, and a large group of relatives and friends, all of whom adore him and have benefitted from his love and influence.
Donations may be made in Allan’s name to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Family Violence Law Center of Oakland, California, or any favorite social justice organization.
Submitted by family.