Thomas M. Crosby Jr.
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Crosby, Thomas M., Jr. Age 74, of Medina, Minnesota, passed away of pancreatic cancer May 26, 2013. Tom's greatest gift was a profound sense of responsibility to family, career and community. He was widely known for his leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and civic projects, including being elected to three terms as mayor of Medina. He attended The Blake School, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Following college, he joined the Navy and served two years of active duty as an officer aboard the Gearing-class destroyer USS Herbert J. Thomas (DD-833). Following military service, he returned to New Haven and graduated from Yale Law School in 1965. He married his wife, Ellie Rauch, in June of that year. Tom started his 43-year career at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) where he served as a general corporate counsel, but also became a specialist in real estate law, laying the foundation for one of the future strengths of the firm. Tom's direct approach to problem solving made him a sought-after adviser and trustee for corporate boards, nonprofits, and many prominent families. He became a partner in 1972, a member of the management team in 1981, and ultimately the managing partner. Tom's colleagues invariably describe him as a true gentleman who never flaunted the power of his position, and showed consideration to all. Reaching the firm's mandatory retirement age in 2008, Tom chose to continue practicing law independently. Above all, Tom was known for his diligence and ability to see the "big picture." He put in countless hours on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, United Way, Abbott-Northwestern, the Walker Art Center and many more. He thought it was important to serve repeated terms at his favored organizations because "effective service requires sustained involvement." Tom took great pride in his family and loved adventurous family vacations as well as working around their home producing maple syrup, bailing hay, splitting wood and driving tractors - particularly with his nine grandchildren. For more than 40 years, he and Ellie tapped the maple trees on their property in Medina. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas M. Crosby, and mother, Ella Pillsbury Crosby. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ellie; sons, Stewart (Lesley), Brewster (Rebecca), Grant (Petra) and daughter, Brooke Reed (Julian) and nine grandchildren: Nicholas, Payton, Crosby, Elise, Ann, Molly, Hollis, Brewster Jr. and Hella; siblings: David (Kitty), Eleanor (Fred) Winston, Mary Dolan, Lucy (Robert) Mitchell, Robert (Teri). Memorial service to be held at the Guthrie Theater, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walker Art Center, United Way, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota Orchestra or Guthrie Theater. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Published in Star Tribune from May 28 to Jun. 2, 2013.
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May 25, 2020
I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the Citizens Independent Bank Board with Tom. I knew he was a lawyer at Faegre but I had no knowledge of his family or professional history beyond that. Over time others would share more about Tom's history and I came to understand his prominence in our community. But true to Tom I would never had learned about his history unless others told me. Tom never mentioned anything about himself in our discussions...he was always focused on how he could help Citizens be the best community bank possible. I miss his wisdom and I miss personally learning from the example of Tom Crosby!
Warren Watson
Coworker
June 2, 2013
Crosby family, Stewart and Leslie, We are so sorry for your loss. We had only just heard that Tom was ill. Surely, his life was well lived. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Peg Schneeman Reagan
June 1, 2013
Our sympathies go out to the family. It was my pleasure to have worked with Tom for over 40 years, right up to the time he became ill. He was a wonderful attorney and friend. He will be remembered and missed by many. Jim & Rose Shelton
May 31, 2013
You all have my sincere sympathy. Tom was a great man and will be missed by many. I enjoyed working with him for many years at Faegre & Benson.

Jeanette McLaughlin
May 31, 2013
It was such a pleasure to know Tom and to work with him on the Robina Foundation board. His departure leaves a huge hole in our board. I miss him a lot.
Steve
May 31, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you Ellie. Tom will be missed by many, he was a great man.
Diane Turnham
May 30, 2013
I have very fond memories of Tom's service on the Blake School Board. He'll be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to the Crosby family. Elaine Fries
May 30, 2013
We are going to miss you Tom Crosby. You were an inspiration to all of us. Our thoughts and spirits go out all family and friends who knew him.
Love,
Kurtz Family
Paddy Kurtz
May 30, 2013
Grant buddy, I'm really sad to hear the news of your dads passing. What a gift he gave me and the world in having you as a dear friend. Big shoes to fill...You and your family are in my heart and on my mind. All my love to your Mom. I'm glad we had a chance to meet her and Thomas on the Ranch so many years ago. Good spirits and lobster everyday! David
David Singer
May 29, 2013
To the Family of Tom Crosby,

Please know our thoughts are with you. Tom was so devoted not only to his family and friends, but also to the greater community. His heart-felt care and concern for others and contributions to so many wonderful causes and issues will stand his memory in good stead. May these and other thoughts comfort you in the times ahead.
Sandee Smith and Jim Murphy
May 29, 2013
Ellie, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Kent Marsh
May 29, 2013
Dear Ellie:
My heartfelt sympathies to you and your children. Tom was truly one of a rare and noble kind. We don't see the likes of him often and I'm glad to have had what I have considered a privileged relationship with him. Our prayers to you as you go forth.
Dick and Kay Cisek
May 29, 2013
Ellie,
Just re-read your wonderful Christmas Card with all the family escapades for 2012. What a family! My heart goes out to you all. Have courage and know you are loved. With much love, Anne
Anne Young
May 28, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Tom was a mentor to me--and everyone-- on the Citizen's Bank Board. His dedication to our small Bank is without comparison. May this be a time for healing through family, friends and faith. Take care. Warren Watson
Warren Watson
May 28, 2013
David and I send our thoughts and prayers to your family.
Belle Davenport
May 28, 2013
My prayers are with you all as you heal. Tom was an amazing person, and I was honored to call him a friend. This community will miss him dearly.
Blythe Brenden
May 28, 2013








Dear Ellie;

Our deepest sympathy to you and the children. We have followed you for years.

Arturo and Helen Koenig Lima, Peru
May 28, 2013
Ellie, Stew, Brew, Grant, and Brooke,
My heart breaks for you all. Your dad was a great guy. You can look back on many adventurous family outings and be so happy to have the memories that you have. I was lucky to share in some Crosby adventures in Oregon and Telluride - and I will always remember your dad's fun side. I will also remember him as a huge fan and supporter of everything his kids did. How many other parents stood in sub zero temps for hours on end to watch their kid for a brief 30 second ski race? He was proud of all of you - that was always evident. Having lost my dad just 3 months ago, I know that the months ahead will be sad and difficult - but this is also the time that you kids will be so important in helping your mom. You will be there to support her and help her in adjusting to a different world without him. Be so thankful that you had the time, though brief, to tell your dad what he meant to you. I know that you will be surrounded by love and family and friends and support in the days and weeks ahead. Take care of yourselves. Your friend, Amy
Amy Randall Hazel
May 28, 2013
Ellie & family - my sincere sympathy on your loss of a wonderful, warm & caring man. May you find comfort in God's arms & your family & friends.
Carol (Hatcher) Dunsmore
May 28, 2013
Ellie & Family - my deepest sympathy on your loss of a wonderful, warm & caring man. May you find comfort in God's arms and your family & friends.
Carol (Hatcher) Dunsmore
May 28, 2013
So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you. LaVeeta Dosch
May 28, 2013
Sending best thoughts and love from Nan Peterson
May 28, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Neil Wolfe Fire Chief
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