Marvin C. Creamer was born January 24, 1916 in Vineland, NJ. As a lad, he held a fascination for the universe,
spending hours staring at the night sky, wondering how stars could guide him on many an
imaginative journey. As he grew older, he developed an interest in the sea and in sailing.
He married Blanche Layton of Vineland on June 29, 1946 (deceased 2005). Two daughters and one son
were born to them in New Jersey.
Bachelor of Science from Glassboro State College, N.J.
Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin
Honorary doctorate in the humanities from Glassboro State College in 1980.
Marvin Creamer served as Professor of Geography at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University)
from 1948 through 1977. It was during his years as a professor of geography, that he collected valuable information needed to
fulfill his childhood dream of circumnavigating the globe.
It was not until after his retirement as Geography Professor, however, that Marvin finally had the time and money to
fulfill that dream.
During his tenure as Geography Professor, he also produced two half-hour TV programs "Manufacturing in the Delaware Valley" broadcast live by
Channel 6, Philadelphia.
In 1955, he experimented with teaching geography from the air with a plane furnished by the Esso Corporation
He served as G.S.C. Director of Public Relations 1949 - 1955
He served as President of the G.S.C. Faculty Association, 1956-1957
Creamer was also Campus Coordinator for a two-week Department of Classroom Teachers, NEA, conference attended by 300 U.S. teachers.
He served as Chairman of the G.S.C. Social Studies Department 1964-1968
He was selected for the N.D.E.A. summer institute for college geography teachers at the University of Minnesota 1967
He was one of two G.S.C. representatives chosen for a H.E.W.--U.C.L.A--sponsored seminar and tour of Africa, 1968-1969
He served as President of the New Jersey Council for Geographic Education, 1955-1957
He served as Chairman of the Borough of Glassboro Tercentenary Committee, 1962-1964.
Marvin was a member of the Borough of Glassboro Bicentennial Committee and its "Special Envoy" to Portsmouth, England
Creamer sailed his 30-foot ketch, Scotia, from Cape May, N.J. to Bermuda in 1973 and 1975.
He sailed Scotia round trip from Cape May to the Azores in 1974, and in
1976, from Cape May to England and back via the Azores and Bermuda. In 1978, he
sailed Scotia from Cape May to Ireland, the return trip with no navigational instruments.
After selling Scotia, Creamer purchased the 39-foot cutter, Navstar, and in 1980,
sailed from Atlantic City, N.J., to Dakar, Africa. The return trip via the
Cape Verde Islands and Bermuda, was without the use of navigational instruments.
Marvin made eight Atlantic crossings in a sailboat, three times without navigational instruments
to guide him. His ultimate goal in life, however, was the circumnavigation of the globe
without using traditional navigational aids.
In 1982, Creamer purchased the 36-foot, steel-hulled cutter, Globe Star.
He found crew members to accompany him on different stages of the voyage, stocked
food, fuel, water and other items including those needed for a possible emergency. In
addition to medicine, he included splints and scalpels for performing minor operations.
No sextant or compass would guide him on his long journey — only stars, winds, water currents
and occasional signs of life served as his guides. With no normal navigational instruments,
Marvin knew that there was a good possibility of his spending days or weeks on a raft or marooned
on a desert island awaiting rescue. Even the prospect of meeting death did not deter Creamer.
His wife Blanche was also aware of the dangers, but she knew that this undertaking was a life-long
ambition of her husband and she was not going to stand in his way.
December 21, 1982 was a cold and blustery day in Cape May, New Jersey, but knowing that there
would be many such days and even worse, Creamer and his crew set out on the first
leg of their circumnavigation of the world entirely without navigational instruments.
Creamer sailed his Globe Star around the world according to plan, returning triumphantly to his point of departure on
May 17, 1984.
Honors and Awards:
In 1961, Marvin was selected by the G.S.C. Student newspaper, The Whit, as
"Outstanding Professor" (As a Glassboro State undergraduate, he founded and published
The Half-Whit, a parody of the official student paper).
He was named "Distinguished Alumnus" by the G.S.C. Alumni Association 1980.
The Glassboro Chamber of Commerce named Marvin Creamer "Man of the Year" in 1964
The Glassboro Chamber of Commerce named Marvin Creamer "Citizen of the Year" in 1980
He was awarded the Good Citizenship Medal, by the National Committee of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1984
In 1985, Marvin received the Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Education Association.
Awards for achievements in sailing:
The Medal of Achievement for Performance Cruising, by the Yacht Racing/Cruising Magazine (1980)
The Navigation Medal from the Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation (1985)
The coveted Blue Water Medal, sailing’s highest honor, by the Cruising Club of America (1986)
Creamer was made an honorary member of the Slocum Society (1984)
Creamer was made an honorary member of the Circumnavigators Club (1984)
In 1989, Creamer was inducted into Cruising World's Hall of Fame
In 1995, he was presented the Creativity Award by the Odyssey of the Mind
Marvin received the 1995 award from Destination Imagination
Boxes of Awards and Commendations