Dr. Robert David Crouch, Sr., 88, well-known Frederick urologist, died on Friday, August 16, 2013. He was the husband of Deborah Droneburg Crouch.|
Born on February 9, 1925, in Elko, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Horace J., Sr., and Inez Breazeale Crouch.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the Francis Scott Key American Legion Post #11. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church, Frederick. He enjoyed flying, which he began in 1975, and within a year, earned his pilot license. He later earned his instrument rating and then became certified to fly twin-engine aircraft. He continued flying until 2008.
His long career in medicine began with pre-med training at Clemson University, medical school at the Medical College of South Carolina, an internship at Louisville General Hospital in Kentucky, and after his service in Korea, with residency in general surgery and urology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. He was especially proud of earning Board Certification in urology in 1961.
Dr. Crouch briefly practiced in Cambridge, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois. In 1957, he moved to Frederick, where he began his urology practice that continued for 53 years. In 2010, he sold the practice to Frederick Memorial Hospital. During his many years in practice in Frederick, Dr. Crouch was instrumental in bringing advanced technology for treatment of urological conditions to the Frederick area.
Dr. Crouch was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His professional memberships include the Frederick County Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the Maryland Urological Society, and the Maryland Chapter of American College of Surgeons, The American Urological Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Lithotripsy Society. He combined his interests in flying and medicine as a medical examiner for the FAA for more than 20 years.
Surviving him are his wife, Deborah Droneburg Crouch; his children, R. David Crouch, Jr., and wife Rebecca, of Carlisle, PA, John E. Crouch and wife Kim, and Nancy C. Williford and husband Frederick, all of Walkersville, and Linda M. Crouch and fiancée, Jeff Honaker, of Frederick; stepchildren, Jaime Haw-thorne, of Frederick, and Ryan Hawthorne and wife Julianna, of Seven Valleys, PA; one sister, Frances B. Kennedy, of Williston, SC; sister-in-law, Brownie Crouch, of Arlington, VA; and grandchildren, Jeff Williford and fiancée, Carolyn Carey, Josh Williford, Taylor Shaw, Edward Crouch and Emma Crouch. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Christensen Crouch, in 1993; a brother, Horace J. Crouch, Jr., in 2007; and a sister, Jean Crouch Thurmond, in 1960.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, 7040 Bowers Road, Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the church. The Rev. Larry L Eubanks and the Rev. Burnis D. Barrett will officiate. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Frederick Memorial Hospital, 400 West Seventh St., Frederick, MD 21701.
Arrangements are with Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church St., Frederick.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.keeneybasford.com.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Aug. 18, 2013