Dr. Robert Crane
1919 ~ 2010
Dr. Robert Kellogg Crane, resident of the Macon Community in Fayette County, well known retired Biochemist and Physiologist, WWII Navy Veteran and wife of Dr. Laura Jane Crane died October 31, 2010 at his residence. He was 90 years of age and died following an extended illness.
Graveside Funeral Services for Dr. Crane were at 2 P.M. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, N.J. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes – Main Chapel at Somerville.
A native of Palmyra, New Jersey, Dr. Crane was born on December 20, 1919 the son of the late Wilbur Fiske Crane and the late Mary Elizabeth McHale Crane. He received a B.S. from Washington College in 1942 and received his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School in 1950.
Dr. Crane was best known for his discovery of sodium-glucose cotransport. He was the recipient of numerous notable awards that included the American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Achievement Award (1969) and the Dr. Harold Lamport Award, New York Academy of Sciences (1977).
During his distinguished career as a scientist and educator, Dr. Crane also served as Professor and Chairman of the department of Biochemistry at the Chicago Medical School until 1966 and then as Professor and Chairman of the department of Physiology and Biophysics at Rutgers Medical School. He retired in 1986 and had been a resident of Fayette County for the past 18 years.
Dr. Crane was an Episcopalian and an avid reader who enjoyed playing chess and constructing horse farms for his wife.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Crane is survived by his children, Barbara Crane Navarro of Paris, France, Jonathan Townley Crane of Madison, GA, his grandchildren, Robert “Chip” Crane, Armando Navarro and Christina Crane Karstedt.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org.