Arthur Chandler Crawford ’37

Arthur Chandler Crawford ’37 died on July 18, 2005, in Chesterfield, MO.


Born on April 23, 1915, in Belmont, MA, he prepared for college at Watertown (MA) Senior High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1938 as a member of the Class of 1937, he was a salesman with Jacob Weitz Smoked Meats in Boston for a year and then entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, from which he was graduated in 1942. He also studied for a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York and was curate at Grace Church in Lawrence, MA, for three years. He served in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps in 1945-46, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. After serving as rector of Christ Church in Xenia, OH, he became rector of Trinity Church in Hannibal, MO, where he remained until 1970, when he became vicar of the Mineral Area Congregation in DeSoto, MO, (which later became Trinity Church), a position that he held until his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Catharine Painter Crawford, whom he married in 1945; two sons, Robert B. Crawford of Evansville, IN, and Brian M. Crawford of St. Louis, MO; a daughter, Margaret E. Crawford of Tucson, AZ; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.