USC University of Southern California

Ostrow School of Dentistry Mourns Dr. William H. Crawford Jr.

Dr. William H. Crawford Jr., alumnus and former dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the age of 74.

Born April 14, 1937, Crawford made his way to USC and started the DDS program in 1958. During his time in dental school, his interest in histology led to work as a laboratory technician and teaching assistant, and after his graduation in 1962 he took a full-time teaching position within the School. Following two years of service in the Army Dental Corps, he returned to USC in 1966 to begin a long, productive career as a faculty member.

Crawford served in several leadership roles, including Assistant Dean for Preclinical Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, before being named interim dean in 1972 following the departure of Dr. John Ingle. During his interim deanship, Crawford established the School’s Board of Councilors and oversaw the creation of the Oral Pathology Laboratory.

Following the deanship of Dr. Richard Oliver, Crawford was named dean in 1977, a post he held until 1990. During his term, the School underwent many monumental changes, including renovations to the Norris Dental Science Center, the creation of the Special Patients Clinic and the Sterilizer Monitoring Service, the opening of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology on the Health Sciences Campus, improvements in dental education, and several important scientific advancements.

In his spare time, Crawford enjoyed playing the clarinet, woodworking, playing golf, and sailing. After he became Professor Emeritus in 1991, he also continued to teach part-time at the School in the Dental Hygiene program until his health no longer allowed him to do so.

Many faculty and staff members at the Ostrow School of Dentistry felt his guidance and ideas regarding the School made an impact long after his deanship.

“Dr. Crawford’s legacy, vision and leadership continued to benefit the Ostrow School of Dentistry long after his term as dean,” said Dean Avishai Sadan.  “He will be greatly missed by the Trojan Dental Family.”

A memorial service for Dr. Crawford is planned for 1:30 p.m. on August 5, 2011 at the Ostrow School of Dentistry.  The service will be held in the Century Club Auditorium located on the 4th floor of the Norris Dental Science Center, immediately followed by a reception in the Blair Rooms, located on the first floor of the East Lobby.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Lynn Crawford, P.O. 1390, Templeton, CA 93465. Gifts to the Ostrow School of Dentistry are being accepted on behalf of Dr. Crawford’s family and will be directed to the Dental Hygiene Endowed Scholarship Fund in Dr. Crawford’s name.