Richard Franklin Crew

Richard Franklin Crew (BS Chem Egr '41) died February 17, 2012. He was born on March 1, 1918, in West Branch, Mich., to James Edgar and Ella Louise (Robbins) Crew. He graduated from Pontiac High School and received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University in 1941.

After graduation from MSU, he married Naomi McNeal in Defiance, Ohio, and then went into active duty with the U.S. Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He attended California Institute of Technology and supervised the production of parts for naval aircraft. He was first employed with Socony-Vacuum, now ExxonMobil, and later with General Electric as a chemical engineer. He retired from Hitachi Magnetics in 1981.

Crew was a passionate giver, volunteering at the Living Desert and Community Kitchen. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America; he achieved the rank of Eagle as a scout and earned the Silver Beaver award as a leader. He was an active member of the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Oscar Crew; and his sisters, Irene Matteson and Mary Bowers. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Naomi; his brother, Louis (Alice) Crew; sons, Richard (Carol) Crew, Bruce Crew, Charles (Judy) Crew, and Wayne (Rivanna) Crew; daughter, Sandra J. (Gary) Lenneman; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.