Dr. David Thomas Crawford, 74

Franklin Square Hospital Center director

December 06, 2006|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Dr. David Thomas Crawford, a retired surgeon and former medical director of Franklin Square Hospital Center, died of pneumonia Thursday at Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland. The former Glen Arm resident was 74.

Born in West Virginia and raised on a Patriot, Ohio, dairy farm, he earned a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College and was a 1958 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

A surgeon, he practiced with Dr. Ross Z. Pierpont and Dr. Donald Hebb at an office on West Monument Street.

In 1965, he joined Franklin Square as its director of medical education and later became medical director. He worked to move the hospital from Southwest Baltimore to Rosedale in eastern Baltimore County in the mid-1960s. He also established a family practice program.

"He oversaw Franklin Square coming of age as a modern teaching hospital," said his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Ann Hoyt. "He later helped shape the formation of Helix, the partnership between Union Memorial, Franklin Square and Harbor Hospital, that went on to become Medstar."

The conference center at Franklin Square is named in honor of Dr. Crawford, who retired in 1988.

He served as physician of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore as well as medical director for the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville.

He was a past president of the WISP Condominium Owners' Association in McHenry, where he moved two years ago.

In the 1970s, he bought a 150-acre farm in Pleasant Valley near Oakland. Family members said he was fascinated by old mills and bought derelict mills in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. He reconstructed a water mill to help generate electricity for his farm.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Oakland.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Gregan Thomas Crawford of Oakland; two daughters, Dr. Mary Cacia Masser of Frederick and Kristin Trueblood of Gwynedd Valley, Pa.; a brother, Melton Crawford of Marion, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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