Hazel Dorothea Fischer Craige, age 94, died peacefully at her home in Chapel Hill on December 15. An art collector, home designer, and world traveler, she was married for 61 years to Dr. Ernest Craige, who served as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the UNC School of Medicine.Hazel was born on September 25, 1921, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents, Dora Sommer and Rudolf Fischer each immigrated to the United States shortly before World War I from Switzerland and Germany. Hazel grew up in Minneapolis and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1945. From 1945 to 1946, as a nurse and 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, she was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver where she cared for soldiers wounded in WWII. It was there that she met her future husband, Dr. Ernest Craige, whom she married in Minneapolis in 1946. Later that year they moved to Boston where Dr. Craige was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.The Craige family came to Chapel Hill in 1952, when Dr. Craige became the first chief of the Division of Cardiology at UNC, a position in which he served until 1978. He retired from medicine in 1985 and became a noted painter. Hazel loved gardening and was an enthusiastic supporter of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. She was an accomplished tennis player and charter member of the Chapel Hill Tennis Club. She served on the board of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society and as a docent at the Ackland Art Museum. Hazel cherished her Swiss ancestry and her cuisine featured Swiss delicacies like fondue, rösti potatoes, Basler Läckerli, and, of course, many types of chocolate. Throughout her life, she stayed in close contact with her Swiss cousins, the Arcons and Sommers. During a sabbatical year in 1963-1964, when Dr. Craige and Hazel lived in Europe with their four children, the Craiges and Swiss relatives formed enduring friendships.She and Dr. Craige traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, North Africa and Latin America. Hazel had a deep appreciation for the work of traditional artisans. She developed a remarkable collection of folk art, and eventually opened Galería, a boutique featuring folk art from many countries. She combined color, traditional forms and contemporary functionality in additions to her first home on Whitehead Circle. Perhaps her most remarkable accomplishment was the design of her Mt. Bolus home, created from two old tobacco barns that were re-assembled and joined on a high ridge overlooking Bolin Creek. She added beautiful stonework, gardens and a soaring loft in which she displayed antique irons, North Carolina pottery, quilts, and farm implements.In her last years, she formed friendships with her caregivers, including Alice David and Margaret Malemba Riungu, both of whom showed extraordinary skill and love as they cared for Hazel.Together with her husband, Hazel established the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UNC. Hazel was pre-deceased by her husband in 2008 and by her brother, Rudy. She leaves four children, Ernest Jr. (Tito) Craige and wife Kim, Burton Craige and wife Heather, Sarah Craige and husband Irving Hoffman, and Paula Craige and wife Rebecca Torres, and five grandchildren, Mariah Rose Craige Hoffman, Marco Belin Craige, Antonia Sommer Craige, Elsa Dora Craige Hoffman, and Lucia Maribel Torres Craige, as well as three step-grandchildren, Emma, Sophie and Jackson Schmid. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Hazel Craige may be given to the General Fund of the NC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517.A memorial service for Hazel Craige will be held at the Reeves Auditorium in the NC Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm.