Dr. William Dyer Crandall
DURHAM - On July 15th, Dr. William Dyer Crandall died peacefully and quietly at his home of 64 years in Durham.
Born in 1916, Bill was the middle son of a career Army MD. Early schooling was in Panama and Northwood. Bill graduated from UNH and the Medical School of the University of Rochester. Upon graduating with his MD, Bill enlisted in the Navy and spent World War II aboard the USS Sampson DD394, a destroyer, and at the end was assigned to a naval prison as MD.
Bill met Jeanne Weber, his sweetheart RN at the University of Rochester. Through his service years, Bill bought war bonds in her name and when discharged from the Navy, he and Jeanne married, traveled and camped out the entire US and Mexico. After nearly 2 years, the money ran out and Bill had to wire home for money to get back to N.H.
Bill's bedside manner was forged on board ship and hardened at the Naval prison. After private practice in Durham and Dover, Bill was hired by UNH as a physician at Hood House through the 50s and 60s. At lunch time, Bill would travel to Dover to read EKGs for MDs at Dover's Wentworth Douglass Hospital.
His final years as an MD were spent at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he retired. While at the yard, Bill contributed greatly to a successful effort to computerize EKG readings.
Dr. Crandall's life was filled with fishing, travel, camping and hunting and was a lover of dogs and the great outdoors. He will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to really know and love him.
No formal services are planned.
Donations to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road, Dover, N.H. 03820 would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the care of Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Road, Rt. 4, Lee, N.H. To sign our online guest book, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com
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