Victor Crown


POTOMAC -- Victor Crown, 90, of Philadelphia, Pa., and St. Michaels died of complications due to congestive heart failure in Potomac on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

Dr. Crown had been retired for two decades from the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he had served as associate executive vice president of the Penn Medical Center and as special assistant to the school's Dean, Dr. Edward Stemler.

Born in Philadelphia on Sept. 1, 1922, the youngest of four children, he attended Overbrook High School and began his undergraduate studies at Penn State before entering the army during World War II. He served in both the Army Air Corps and later in the Medical Corps performing anesthesiology in mobile surgical units in the Pacific Theater.

After finishing his Bachelor of Arts, he formed the company Arrow Uniform with his older brother, Lou Crown. In 1952, he married Theresa Ann Cohen, a writer for Time magazine. In 1967, at the age of 45, he left the business world to follow his lifelong passion for medicine. He received an Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health, followed by studies at the London School of Economics, the University of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and, ultimately, the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his doctorate.

Upon his retirement in 1990, he moved with his wife, Theresa, to their summer home in St Michaels, where they would celebrate many milestones together, including their 50th wedding anniversary and the birth of three grandchildren.

Widowed in 2004, he continued following his lifelong passions for photography and travel for the rest of his life.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by his son, Andrew Crown of Los Angles, Calif.; and daughter, Claudia Ades of Bethesda; as well as countless friends and associates from the many different segments of a very rich life.

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