Rexford Carrow

Rexford E. Carrow, Ph.D., M.D. ("Rex", "Coach", Poppie")


Age 87, passed away April 1, 2014 in Lansing, MI.  He was born February 4, 1927 in Mount Pleasant, MI to the late Bayard and Esther (Alderman) Struble and was raised in Grand Ledge by the late Herbert and Lila Carrow.  He graduated from Grand Ledge H.S. in 1945. A gifted athlete, he starred and lettered in four sports, earning a total of 13 varsity letters, which is still a record that stands today. He also was selected as a member of the Eastern U.S. High School All-American baseball team in 1945 and was All-State as well in football and basketball, which only a few athletes have ever accomplished in Michigan high school sports history. Later he was inducted into the Grand Ledge Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Rex also played baseball and basketball at Michigan State, played on the European Baseball Championship winning team while in the military beating the Mediterranean Champions in Leg Horn, Italy, and went on to play professionally as a third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians for a total of seven seasons. He was a non-rostered player on the 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series team. Rex served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) and as an MP, personally guarding infamous Nazi war criminals, Hermann Goering (Commander of the German Air Force) and Ernst Kaltenbruner (Commander of the German Gestapo) during the historic Nuremburg Trials in 1945-46.  Rex graduated from Michigan State University, where he co-founded the College of Human Medicine, the Gross Anatomy Dissection Lab and the Willed Body Donor Program, retiring from MSU's Departments of Anatomy and Surgery as Professor Emeritus. He was also selected in numerous years by his students as the Outstanding Teaching Professor in the MSU School of Human Medicine. He also attended the College of Charleston (South Carolina) and UCLA for post-graduate studies.  He authored several medical books, groundbreaking research articles, and book chapters during his career. He was an avid MSU and Grand Ledge sports supporter/booster and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and wife Patty, who he first met in the third grade, and married in 1947; sister, Helen Cole; brothers, Budd Norris and Bob Struble.  Rex is survived by his loving family; sons, Rick (Pat) of Bath, Tom (Melissa) of Grand Ledge, daughter, Amy (Mark) Feinauer of Okemos; grandchildren, Delaney, Kyle (Kristen), Brooke (John), Jeff, Kylie (Anders), Aaron (Sara); great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kenadeigh, Summer, Grayson,  Henley, Elin & Henry; sisters, Phyllis Behm of Grand Haven, Maureen Leach of Coopersville, sister-in-law, Hannah Rae Struble of Frankenmuth, and numerous nieces and nephews; dear friend and caregiver, Denise Haskell.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan for their kind and compassionate care.

A funeral service will be held 11:00, Monday, April 7, 2014,  at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home Grand Ledge with The Reverend David Bandfield officiating. Military honors conducted by Cole-Briggs Post #48 will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 6, 2014  2-6pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services (Hospice House of Mid-Michigan) or Ronald McDonald House. Memories and condolences can be shared at

Funeral Home

Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home
406 N Bridge St Grand Ledge, MI 48837
(517) 627-2531

Published in Lansing State Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2014