J. Donald Crowley
July 6, 2011
J. Donald Crowley died July 1, 2011 at the University of Missouri Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Newman Center. Don’s family will receive friends following the service.
Don was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Middletown, Ohio, to Thomas Crowley from Kilrush, Ireland, and his wife, Corinne. Don became a nationally ranked junior tennis player while at Middletown High School and continued to play on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. Don taught at the University of Delaware from 1962-1967. He then taught American literature at the University of Missouri English Department in Columbia until his retirement. Don published critical editions, books and essays on certain American writers: Hawthorne, Twain, Henry James, Frost and Walker Percy. He edited Robinson Crusoe for the Oxford Press.
Don enjoyed poetry, classical music, gardening, golf, travel, watching his granddaughters dance and taking long walks in and around beautiful Aspen. He inherited his father’s gregarious Irish sense of humor. Don will be remembered as a creative storyteller and avid jokester.
Don was beloved husband to Sue, his wife of 57 years, devoted father to Chris of Empire, Colo., and Anne Bogenrief (Shawn) of Dublin, Ohio, and PopPop to Caitie and Lauren Bogenrief. He leaves behind sister Shirley Murray of Whispering Pines, N.C., nieces Maureen (Jay) Karamales of Vienna, Va., Lisa (Gary) Rose of Acton, Mass. and Robin (Ken) Larson of Indianapolis, Ind., and nephews Michael Murray of Annandale, Va., Kevin Crowley of N.J., Stephen Merrix of San Diego and Jeff Merrix of Cleveland.
Don was preceded in death by brother James Crowley, infant son Michael, his parents, sister Claire Merrix and brother Thomas Crowley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Newman Center Scholarship Fund.
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