Andrew Robert Cracker, M.D. was called home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2018. Loved dearly by his family, friends and colleagues, along with countless patients and generations of children he delivered while practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Wilmington, North Carolina for 50+ years, Andy truly loved them back and will be missed.
Born in Muscatine, Iowa on May 7, 1931 to the late Andrew Charles Cracker and the late Lillian Van Dyke Cracker, Andy grew up in Davenport, Iowa. A track athlete and lifeguard during his youth days, he enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after graduating from Davenport High School in 1950 and served as a corpsman during the Korean War. Eager to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a physician, he graduated from the College of Charleston (SC) in only three years and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina, ranked first in his class of 1962. After completing his residency at the University of Iowa, Dr. Cracker moved to Wilmington in 1967 and joined the late Dr. William Weinel, Jr. and Dr. John Ormond as a partner in Glen Meade Obstetrics and Gynecology (now Glen Meade Center for Women's Health). He was a well-respected pillar of the medical community passionately engaged in a profession of helping people. Dr. Cracker sincerely enjoyed serving others with Christ-like compassion, using knowledge, wisdom and skill he recognized were gifts, blessings, and responsibilities from God. At a 2012 induction ceremony that recognized Dr. Cracker and others, he encouraged a pre-medical student "your success will not be measured by the goods you accumulate and the honors you receive, but in the way you treat others, patients, colleagues and friends. Live this way, my friend, and you will be following in the path of the Great Physician". Memberships included the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society (Lifetime and 50-Year Club); and the North Carolina Medical Society (Lifetime and 50-Year Club). He cherished time with family and friends, had a number of special canines during his lifetime, explored a variety of travel destinations, and always felt at home "in" or "on" the water.
Andy is survived by son Andrew John Edward Cracker, M.D., of Chapel Hill, NC and daughter Mary Anne Cracker of Wilmington, who are preceded in death by their mother Mary Holcombe Cracker; he is also survived by wife Penny Cherry Cracker of Wilmington and stepchildren Larry Richard Honeycutt, Jr. of Wilmington and Jane Honeycutt Crowder (Stan) of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Richard Andrew Crowder and Hallie Jane Crowder of Raleigh; sister Cintra Sue (Cindy) Cracker Carpenter (Bernard "Bernie") of Bettendorf, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews across the Midwest.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to World Medical Mission-Samaritan's Purse; Save Our Kids Outreach (Wilmington); Wounded Warrior Project; CavalierRescueUSA.
Visitation is Friday, February 2nd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St, Wilmington, NC. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00 AM, First Baptist Church, 411 Market St, Wilmington, NC. After a brief private interment following the service, the family welcomes friends to Seapath Yacht Club, 330 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach, NC for a reception. Read More