N. David Crowder, 62, graphic artist, teacher

September 05, 2005

N. David Crowder, a graphic artist who owned his own agency, died of cancer Thursday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. A resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County, he was 62.

Neal David Crowder was born in Baltimore and raised in eastern Baltimore County. He was a 1961 Dundalk High School graduate. He attended Maryland Institute College of Art and taught graphic design at Goucher College about 20 years ago.

He became a graphic designer in 1966 and worked for Barton-Gillet Co. and other agencies. In 1980, he founded Crowder Design, which remains in the Walbert Building on Charles Street. His studio was formerly located in a Cathedral Street loft.

His design work appeared in Print magazine. One of his paintings was displayed at the Whitney Museum in New York at an American Institute of Graphics Design show in the 1970s. The New York Art Directors Club and Communications Arts magazine also honored his work.

He won two ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation for campaigns for Ryland Homes and Weston lamb.

Mr. Crowder designed three of his residences, the first in Jarrettsville, a home on the Severn River in Arnold and the home in Phoenix.

He enjoyed playing tennis, gardening, entertaining and travel.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Sally Grinnell; two daughters, Marsha Soriano of London, England, and Pam Crowder-Thompson of Towson; his father, Neal James Crowder of Elkton; a brother, Mathew Crowder of Elkton; and two grandchildren.

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