One of the first people that many of us met we joined the Agency, Dan Creedon, died on February 10 at his home in Virginia Beach.
Born in 1922 in Oneida, NY, he was a veteran of WWII and Korea who rose to the rank of Navy Commander. Mr. Creedon was a graduate of Niagara University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo.
Creedon was one of the early employees of NASA. He arrived at the Goddard Space Flight Center during the sixties, when NASA was a glamorous and exciting place to be employed. He was known for his talents at maintaining effective public relations and educating the public about the importance and challenges of the space program.
In 1968, he began a 25-year career at USAID as the new Director of Training. Dan established a stellar record as a capable and effective leader, a professional educator, and a creative and imaginative manager. He created new divisions for recruitment and organizational development and revamped training operations, bringing the parts together to strengthen the human resource base of the Agency. He led the design and implementation of an intern program that served for decades as a model for other agencies. He designed a multifaceted career development program for USAID staff that contributed to the acceptance of “development” as a key contributor to American foreign policy. He planned, developed and administered one of the most effective agency programs for personnel and organizational development in the Federal Government.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne M. Creedon, and five children – Mary Connelly, Daniel F. Creedon, Jr., James Creedon, Catherine Anderson and Jane Hurt; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and his sister Mary Brosnan of Arlington, Va. He was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Elizabeth Hurt Yoensky.