Douglas Crater was born in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. Graduating from a high school with 31 others, he knew he would either pursue higher education or farm.
Bachelor's Degree North Carolina State University, 1964
After this degree Douglas taught vocational agriculture at Surrey Central High School in Dobson, North Carolina.
He soon was responsible for teaching horticulture.
Master's Degree in Education
North Carolina State University, 1967. After teaching for 5 years, Dr. Crater served as horticulture and tobacco specialist with NC State Cooperative Extension Service.
A strong interest in floricultural plants led him to Ohio State University where he majored in floriculture and received his doctorate in 1973.
Dr. Crater was hired as Extension Floriculture Specialist with the University of Georgia Agricultural Extension Service
in 1973. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1977, and to Professor in 1982. While in Georgia he helped form the Georgia Flower Grower's Association.
In 1982, Dr. Douglas Crater became the department head of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Dr. Crater came from the University of Georgia where he had been an Extension Floriculturist, working with the flower and bedding plant industry.He directed the department's teaching, research and extension programs. An avid writer, Dr. Crater's publications and research accomplishments include seven books or book chapters; seven editorships; the development of 6 newsletters, 19 journal articles and abstracts; and 72 trade journal or newsletter articles.
Dr. Crater is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), International Society for Horticultural Science, Society of American Florists, American Horticultural Society, International Bedding Plants Society, Southern Association of Agricultural Workers, Tennessee Nurserymen's Association, Tennessee Turfgrass Association, Tennessee Association of County Agricultural Agents, Tennessee Flower Growers Association, The Ohio State Florist/ Landscape Alumni Association, Florida Foliage Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Pi Alpha Xi, Alpha Zeta, Bedding Plants Foundation, Southern Region ASHS and Tennessee Turfgrass Research Foundation. he is a certified Flower Show School instructor by the National Association of Garden Clubs.
Dr. Crater enjoys spending time with his family, working in the landscape, traveling and reading science fiction. Before retirement the message written in chalk on his office blackboard read "All Things Are Possible."
Dr. Crater lives in West Knoxville with his wife, Loretta, a dental assistant. They have two daughters, Gena and Loris and a son, Glenn.