Allan Creeger passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. He was one of the early leaders of the American Rental Association (ARA), serving as president of ARA in 1972. In addition, he received ARA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1979 and the Region Two Person of the Year Award in 1974.
Creeger was born in Boston and grew up on Long Island, N.Y. He attended Columbia University and obtained an MBA at Harvard prior to being drafted into the Army in 1943. While at Camp Lee, Va., he met his wife, Louise, and they settled in Virginia. His wife passed away last November.
In 1952, he opened what was one of the first general rental stores in Virginia, expanding to four Aarrow Rent All Stores in Richmond and Charlottesville by the early 1970s. His rental store had evolved to what was then called a “soft goods” emphasis rather than tools and his company created Rental Suppliers shortly after his presidency to distribute soft goods to rental stores.
By the mid-1970s, his son, Larry, and his daughter, Carol, had joined him in expanding the local rental company into one of the largest special event organizations in America.
“Allan continued to be interested in the work of the ARA throughout his lifetime, participating in the 50th Anniversary in Orlando in 2006 and staying in touch with the association,” said Christine Wehrman, ARA’s executive vice president and CEO.
“He introduced a number of program initiatives during his leadership, many of which remain today. Allan was always looking forward to where the industry was headed and how ARA could best serve members to prepare for the future,” Wehrman said.
Creeger also was proud of his tenure at the helm of the Richmond Retail Merchants Association and continued to strive to improve business and the community well after his retirement.
Creeger is survived by his son, Lawrence (Larry) Creeger; daughter, Carol Creeger Pope; grandson, Matthew Creeger; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Creeger; in-laws, Gilbert and Fanny Rosenthal; and his caregiver Charles Patterson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, 1111 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220. RM