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James Wilson Crawford ’27

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

James Wilson Crawford died July 13, 1997, at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Center near Pittsburgh.

Jim was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and prepared at Mercersburg Academy. At Princeton, he majored in political science, and was a member of the freshman cross-country squad, the Glee Club, choir, Whig Hall, and Gateway Club. Junior and senior years, he roomed with C. R. Harrower.

After graduating from the U. of Pittsburgh Law School in 1931, he became associated with Patterson, Arensburg, Crawford and Dunn, the law firm of his father, James Crawford 1895. He was also a partner in the real estate management firm of Wilson Estates and in the Saha Mfg. Co., sheet metal fabricators. In 1946, he became a partner in the law firm of Miller, Hay & Entrwisle and was chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Assn.'s committee on world peace through law.

Jim loved Gilbert & Sullivan, and enjoyed singing lead baritone roles in their operas as performed by the Pittsburgh Savoyards. He sang with other operetta groups and was president of the Pittsburgh Concert Society. He retired in 1982.

Jim married Marian Bradley in 1934; she and children James Jr. '61, Bradley '65, and Marilyn Flood survive him, along with four grandchildren. Marian lives at 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry, PA 16066; 412-776-8100. The class thanks James Jr. and Robert McKinney '56 for the information they provided for this memorial. To the family, the class extends its sympathy in the loss of a colorful classmate who was a member of our class's executive committee and a former class regional v.p.

The Class of 1927

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