Beverly C. Crook, 84, artist, watershed activist

April 27, 2002

Beverly C. Crook, a writer and painter who was active in the protection of the Loch Raven watershed, died Sunday of cancer at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. She was 84.

Mrs. Crook, a longtime resident of Phoenix, in Baltimore County, moved to Green Valley, Ariz., two years ago.

Mrs. Crook was born Beverly Courtney in Baltimore and was a graduate of Samuel Ready School. She received a bachelor's degree from Towson State Teachers College and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1939, she married Compton Newby Crook, a biologist, naturalist, science fiction writer and Towson State University professor. He died in 1981.

Later, she wrote novels and short stories for young people.

She was the author of April's Witches and Fair Annie of Old Mule Hollow, published in 1978.

Mrs. Crook was an accomplished artist who painted landscapes in oils and, later, acrylics.

Because of her husband's interests in ecology and the proximity of their home to the Loch Raven watershed, Mrs. Crook became an outspoken advocate for the protection of the Baltimore County reservoir.

She had attended Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

Mrs. Crook is survived by two daughters, Judith C. Knight of Florissant, Mo., and Jennifer L. Arkins of Tucson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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