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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

John L. Crawford, 78

John L. Crawford of Westport and Sarasota, Fla., died March 21. He was 78.

A native of New York City, he played basketball for Iowa State, the school’s first African-American basketball player, and was a key in the school’s 1955-58 rise to national prominence. He was inducted into Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Upon his return to New York City, he served as a teacher and assistant principal. He was the founding principal of The Paul Robeson School, a middle school in the South Bronx, which he led for 27 years. He was the deputy superintendent of schools in the South Bronx for four years until he retired in 1999. 

He was a well-known figure on the tennis courts in Westport as well as an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife Helene of Westport and four grandchildren, Jennifer, Jon David, Julianne, Reeve, and their mother, Beth, widow of John’s son, David Crawford.

A Celebration of his Life will be held in Westport in the fall.


Posted 04/01/14 at 06:08 PM  Permalink


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