William M. "Bill" Crouch Jr.
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CROUCH William M. ("Bill") Crouch, Jr. of Fairfield, passed away on February 21, 2011 from a heart attack at the age of 66. He was the eldest son of William Maxwell Crouch, Sr. of Bridgeport, and Dorothy Ruth Miller Crouch, originally of Cairo, Ill. Born in Bridgeport, Bill always remained deeply attached to this area, where his father's family lived and worked since the 1850s. After attending Fairfield Country Day School and St. George's School in Newport, R.I., Bill graduated from Columbia University in 1967 with a B.A. degree in Art History. That sparked an interest in comics, which he enthusiastically pursued most of his life. Bill volunteered for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, serving from 1968 to 72. After completing his service, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1973, intending to pursue a career in public relations, but the death of his father that year precipitated a crisis in the family business, Equity Paper Company of Bridgeport, so Bill gave up his own plans to take over active management of the company, which was later sold to what is now Grossman Marketing Group. During the same years that he was running the family business, Bill began to develop a vibrant parallel career and reputation as an expert independent scholar and writer on comic art. As time went by, he contributed articles to major reference works on the comics, wrote his own books, and became a leading expert on Prince Valiant, Pogo Possum, Dick Tracy, and many other classic strips. Besides cartooning, he also wrote for the comics. His work included many Hanna-Barbera comic book plots for Charlton Comics, as well as occasional story ideas for other strips. He became an Associate member of the National Society of Cartoonists and contributed to its publications. During the past decade, Bill drew from his encyclopedic knowledge of comic art to create a unique series of monthly by-liners for the Great South Bay Magazine, a publication based on Long Island, NY. His other writings on comic art have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Hartford Courant's Sunday Magazine. Bill joined the Bridgeport Rotary Club in his late 20s and remained a dedicated and active Rotarian throughout his life, giving generously of his time and help to many Rotary-sponsored community service projects over the years. He also served for a period on the board of the Housatonic Girl Scout Council, which his mother had headed as Executive Director in the late 1930s. In 1990, Bill married the love of his life, Minh-Chau Luong. He liked to say that she 'completed' him and that she expanded his horizons to include Vietnamese and French cultures. Bill's family and many cherished friends will miss his love of life, his verve and imagination, the breadth of his curiosity, his sense of humor, his generosity, his great courage and resilience in adversity. His friends say of him that the cartoon world has truly lost a great historian and a great man. He was the kindest, sweetest, most loving, helpful and selfless person it is possible to meet. Bill Crouch is survived by his beloved wife, Minh-Chau Luong-Crouch; as well as his sister, Dorothy Crouch; his brother, Miller Crouch, his wife, his daughter and her husband. The family would prefer contributions directed to either: American Heart Association- Connecticut Chapter, 5 Brookside Dr. (P.O.Box 5022) Wallingford, CT 06492 or the Girls Scouts of America- Housatonic Council, 87 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, 06604-3800. A memorial service in March is being planned and will be announced by the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, of Fairfield Center. To sign his online guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com.

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Published in Connecticut Post from Feb. 23 to Feb. 27, 2011.
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March 19, 2011
I am very grieved at Bill's passing. He has been a good friend over the years. He was one of those rare individuals who never lost a child's sense of wonder despite the burdens of adulthood. My sincerest condolences to Minh-Chau. I wish Bill could have stayed on this earth a while longer.
Elena Steier
March 17, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Bills family today, I have wonderful memories of my father, Rick Fletcher, and Bill having many communications about their common interest; Dick Tracy. Bills incredible knowledge and love for the comic industry are rare and his friendship with my father will always be remembered by my family. Ross Fletcher
Ross Fletcher
March 13, 2011
Offering our sympathies at this time.
The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home
March 10, 2011
Bill passing is very depressing for those who have known him and especially his loving wife. We wish her courage and strength in these dire moments.
With our deepest sympathy.
Dear Minh-Chau, we are with you in your grief
A and G Roubichou
February 28, 2011
My sympathies go out to Minh-Chau on the passing of Bill. He was always a great Girl Scout and very generous to the Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council in Bridgeport. He always said he would not have been here had his mother not marched in a parade and his father saw her and was smitten! He will surely be missed by many friends and colleagues. Lynne Raymond, former CEO of GSHC
Lynne Raymond
February 25, 2011
Many fond memories of Bill with many great business lunches.
Mary Lou Ferranti
February 24, 2011
Bill's passing is a great loss to all who knew him. It has been my pleasure to have known him so many years and he will indeed be missed. Our deepest sympathies to you Minh. Harold & Linda Shaw
February 24, 2011
I knew Bill thru his tireless efforts in the wonderful world of comics. I always enjoyed what he brought to our attention. I wish I could have met him, and my deepest condolences to his family - Robert Beerbohm
Robert Beerbohm
February 23, 2011
Adieu, Bill,

Susan and I will miss your monthly thoughts on comics, life, and Kismet as we have missed your unannounced, but always welcomed, visits to Sanctuary and Fourish every weekend you were at the Beach. We looked forward to your dropins. You are missed and will be missed even more when your monthly correspondence no longer reaches our mailbox.

Condolences and big hugs, MC.

André and Susan
André Morin
February 23, 2011
Dear Minh - In loving memory of a wonderful person. I knew Bill many years ago. I used to work for Dictaphone and he did all our envelopes.

Many good memories of Bill.
Josey Balcastro
February 23, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Minh Chau and Miller on their loss. Bill was a dear man and had a wealth of intellect that will be sorely missed.
"We have met the enemy and he is us"Pogo
Bob Barnes
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