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Wayne E. CRILL, M.D.

Wayne E. Crill, neuroscientist, neurologist, teacher, academic leader and loving husband and father died August 21, 2012 in Mercer Island, WA from complications of a neurodegenerative disorder.

He was 77.

Wayne was born in Nampa, Idaho, received a B.S. from the College of Idaho and his M.D. degree from the Univ. of WA School of Medicine. His residency training in Neurology was at New York Hospital at Cornell Univ. Since 1966, the rest of his professional life was spent in Seattle where he served as Chief of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Center at the VA Medical Center, Chair of Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, UW School of Medicine (1983-1999) and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Medicine and Neurology.

Wayne had an extraordinary combination of quiet intelligence, strength and humanity. He was respected and loved for his defense of academic principles, his skill at reaching consensus, his delight and curiosity in science, and the fairness of his judgments. He was kindhearted and accepting of the differences between people in a way that attested to an honest humility and straightforwardness. These qualities made him much sought after as the chair of many scientific and academic review committees both at home and abroad. He improved the lives of patients, colleagues, students and his family.

Wayne and his collaborators published more than 120 original research papers and book chapters. He received the UW Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award, the College of Idaho Lifetime Achievement Award and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

An avid fly fisher, Wayne made over fifteen annual trips with male family members, friends and colleagues to Lake Hi Hium in B.C. In addition, Wayne and his family enjoyed many hiking trips, ski vacations and summer weeks at a rustic cabin in Canada. These trips have prompted wonderful stories and memories. He loved music, from his trumpet playing as a student to early music and chamber music. During his residency years he enjoyed dabbling in oil painting and found joy in art appreciation, particularly the work of the artists of the Northwest School. He also enjoyed the essays of The New York Review of Books and many scientific and historical journals and books.

Wayne is survived by Jean, his wife of 51 years, daughters Betsy and Jennifer, son Wayne and 7 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wed., Sept. 19, 2 pm at Hogness Auditorium, UW Health Sciences Center. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Wayne E. Crill Endowed Research Fund, https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift?source_typ=2&source=efz, or to .
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 2, 2012
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