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George Wolf Crawford
May 7, 1922–July 16, 2018



George Wolf Crawford

George Wolf Crawford

George Wolf Crawford was born May 7, 1922 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas to Raymond Shelton and Gladys George Wolf Crawford. His parents were married on December 23, 1917. His siblings included Raymond S. and Fred R. George married Jeannette Kizer and they had three children, Martha Ann, Barbara and Jeanne.

George attended Edgar Allen Poe Junior High School and was an excellent student at Brackenridge High School where he served as president of his senior class. He was an eagle scout. Interesting one of his best friends in high school was Ralph Allen, who became a WWII pilot. George and Ralph would eventually attend UT in physics.

George attended San Antonio University (later Trinity University), his financial situation required him to work many jobs to cover his expenses. He had hope to transfer to University of Texas at Austin but lack of the necessary funds forced him to spend his sophomore year at SAU, George was able to get his pilot license flying a Piper cub. In May, after war was declared, George enlisted as Aviation Cadet. He decided to attend Universty of Texas while waiting for an active duty assignment. He enrolled in the first and second half of freshmen physics at the same time and earned a B in each. At the end of the summer be took a temporary job at the San Antonio Library as a page. It was there that he met Jeannette Kizer, a fellow employee, who would later become his wife. George and Jeanette both enrolled in Trinity Universty, which had taken over San Antonio University which was facing financial difficulties.

On November 9, 1942, George received his orders to report to Santa Ana, California for active duty. George's brother was also was transferred from Sheppard Field in Wichita Fall to Santa Ana also, arrive one day before George. Their father had been instrumental in getting this to happen. Raymond their older brother waa a captainand pilot in the US Army Airforce.

From August 1943 until September 1945, he was a lieutenant pilot officer in the USAAC. He flew 50 bombing mission with the 15th Air Force, 513 Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Before shipping out, George asked his mom to send him UT Professor Colby's book and light and Professor Brown's book on Electricity and Magnetism.

George's brother Raymond flew missions "over the Hump", bombing runs in India, China, Thailand and Burma.

From 1948 to 1950, he was a research associate in the Optical Research Laboratory at the University of Texas. Follwing graduation with his PhD, he was an associate professor of physics at Clemson University from 1951 to 1955. From 1955 to 1959, George was assistant director of the University Division of the Texas Petroleum Research Committee, Austin, Texas. From 1959 to 1963, he was chief of the physics branch (GS-15) of the Bionucleonics Department of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. From 1963, he was professor of physics at SMU in Dallas, Texas. He was a consultant for the Texas Electronic Precipitator Company between 1969–1973. During 1971, he was on leave at the Central European Nuclear Research Laboratory, CERN, in Geneva Switzerland.

George earned three degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin: BS in 1947, MA in 1949 and PhD in 1951. He served as Professor of Physics at Southern Methodist University from 1963 to ? He served as a consultant on air polution.

George died July 16, 2018.

Obituray for George W. Crawford from the Dallas Morning News.

CRAWFORD, George W 1922 - 2018

George W. Crawford, 96, died peacefully at home in Dallas on July 16, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Jeannette; daughters Martha Ann (husband Chuck), Barbara and Jean; grandchildren Susan Beth, Anna (husband Doug), Robert, and Robin (husband Zach); and four great grandchildren: Shelby, Joey, Grace, and Benjamin.

George was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Brackenridge High School. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in 1937. He earned BS, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. George served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a First Lieutenant and flew 50 missions as a B-24 bomber pilot. His book, Three Crawford Brothers, The WWII Memoirs ofThree Pilots, documents this service.

Professional experience included teaching at Clemson University, the UT Department of Petroleum Engineering, and SMU. He also headed the physics branch of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine where he sent research into space in the Discoverer Rocket series beginning in 1959. George retired from SMU in 1992.

George served on numerous boards, including the General Board of Christian Social Concerns of the United Methodist Church and the Texas Committee on Natural Resources. He co-founded and was first chair of the Population Institute of Washington DC. He had a lifelong commitment to world peace and nuclear disarmament, women's rights, gay rights, human rights, and clean air and water. George was firm in both his faith and his work as a scientist. He was a generous and loving father, son, brother, husband, and grand-father. A celebration of his life and legacy will be held Saturday, August 4,11:00 am at Northaven United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Northaven UMC 11211 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230, The Population Institute 105 2nd St, NE Washington, DC 20002, or the chairty of your choice.


George Wolf Crawford Photo Album

SMU Faculty 2014
George W. Crawford, Brackenridge High School, 1938, second row from top, fifth from left.
George W. Crawford and Ralph Allen, Brackenridge High School, 1938, Both earned PhDs in physics at the University of Texas.
George Wolf Crawford
George Wolf Crawford. 1946 Cactus, second from right, second row from bottom.
Seated, left to right: Raymond Jr; Raymond Swafford; George; Fred;
Gladys Crawford (Mother) and Malcom Beall. Seated behind Malcolm: Grandmother Callie Vienna Wolf.
Seated behind Gladys: Great Aunt Ettie Aurelia Adkins (Callie’s half sister).
Standing, left to right: first cousins Rodney and William Otho Beall Jr; Aunt Beulah Crawford Swafford and her husband, Thomas William Swafford; Raymond Shelton Crawford, Sr (Father) and his mother, my Grandmother Emma Tennessee Crawford;
Aunt Velna Crawford Beall; Grandfather John Wesley Crawford; Mrs. Florence Potent Beall; Florence’s mother, Mrs. Poteet; William Otho Bell, Sr.
George Crawford is on the camel at the far right of the photo.