CRAWFORD, Dr. Kenneth C.|
Dr. Kenneth C. Crawford died July 23, 2014. He was 71.
Ken Crawford was a very kind man and progressive scientist. Ken was forever a mentor to all his students, always dedicated to improving his field of study. He was a meteorological diplomat of international acclaim. His caring for the people in all weather climates reached far beyond America's CST. As a generous teacher, it is the application of and impact from his weather knowledge that will be felt in South America, North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe for many years. He travelled not only to share his knowledge and change the world's reaction to weather, but also to teach how it is important for humans to be proactive in the caring for their one and only planet. Lessons he often taught were to leave things better than you found them, to appreciate what you have and to always show your appreciation. He lived those lessons. He also tried his best to live as an example of Christ for others to see.
Ken never forgot his academic beginnings as a Cleburne High School Yellow Jacket. He also enjoyed colorful flowers, rhythm & blues music, and Texas Longhorn football. Even though his doctorate was earned at the University of Oklahoma and he was a professor at OU, he was a University of Texas graduate first who lived up to its motto, 'What starts here changes the world.' He changed the world. He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Charlotte Crawford of Norman, Okla., and his parents Faye and Ken Koen of Cleburne, Texas.
He is survived by his son, Scott Crawford, and his family of Murphy, Texas and also his daughter, Kendra Crawford-Gogick, and her husband, John, of Augusta, Georgia. Ken had 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for Dr. Crawford will be held at Bethel Baptist Church on Lindsey Street in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, August 16th at 2 p.m.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring to make contributions in memory of Dr. Crawford, his family asks you donate to one of his passions: The Longhorn Foundation, P.O. Box 7399, Austin, TX 78713 in support of Texas Football; The Cleburne High School football program in Cleburne, Texas; The University of Oklahoma Foundation 'Ken Crawford Scholarship Endowment Fund', 100 Timberdell Rd., Norman, OK 73019.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2014