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Robert L. Crane Sr. Obituary
Robert L. Crane, Sr. passed away peacefully on February 13, 2013 surrounded by wife of 65 years, Margaret Owens Crane, his son, Robert L. Crane, Jr. (Robyn) and his son, Jonathan O. Crane (Kerrie) at his home at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio.

Robert was born on December 20, 1922 in Youngstown, Ohio and had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his family. He was the son of Lewis W. Crane and Elsie H. Crane, previously deceased, and brother of John Crane of the Detroit, Michigan area and Donald Crane of the Youngstown, Ohio area, both deceased. In addition to his two sons, he had four grandchildren, Katherine Trook (Joshua), Kristin Payne (John), Ward Crane and Sara Snider (Doug) along with two great- grandchildren, Jack and Henry Trook.

He attended the University of Arizona, the University of Washington and was graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in physics and mathematics. He completed postgraduate studies in physics at the University of Akron and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University. During World War II he served as a First Lieutenant in the Air Corps assigned to the European Theatre. One of his responsibilities included studying and reporting weather conditions for wartime flight operations. Early in his career (1947) he joined the staff at Youngstown University as an Assistant Professor teaching mathematics and physics in the Engineering School.

From 1950 to 1977 Robert held a variety of management positions at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, retiring as Corporate Director of Training and Executive Development. In 1977 he accepted a position with Harvard University as Administrative Director of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. He also began a consulting practice in executive education that continued for twenty years. He served a number of major clients including Alcoa, Caterpillar, Citicorp, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Society Corporation, Tenneco, The Wharton School, Woolworths and St. Thomas Hospital.

In 1984 Robert and Margaret moved to Illinois when Robert accepted a position as Director of the Executive Development Center in the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Robert retired to the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife, Margaret, in 1993. He had studied the weather patterns of the United States and believed that area to have the best year round conditions. The couple moved back to Ohio in 2002 to be near their children and their families and lived at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, where they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012 and where Margaret remains in residence.

During his life, Robert was involved with the United Way, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts and in the promotion of economic education including lecturing at the American Management Association and at the Management Institute at the University of Wisconsin. In 1976 he was selected Ohio's "Man of the Year" by the Ohio Council of Economic Education.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at a later date and he will be interred at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. The family wishes no flowers or donations. Please visit www.johnson-romito.com to share memories and condolences.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 10, 2013
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