Bernard Crowe, 91, chemist, patent attorney, Air Corps captain

Bernard Francis Crowe of Ridgefield, CT died at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Mr. Crowe was born on November 2, 1921 in New York City, son of Bernard and Elizabeth Egan Crowe. He and his wife of 61 years, Mary Austin Crowe, were married on October 18, 1952.

He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, and then went on to Fordham University, where he received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1943.

After graduating he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in England, Northern Ireland, and Germany. He left the service as a captain in 1946, and after returning home from Europe, he continued his education at Fordham, where he earned an M.S. degree in chemistry in 1948, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1950.

He worked as a research chemist from 1950 through 1963 for Texaco, Olin Mills, and Airco.

In 1958 he started attending law school as a night student and received his law degree from New York Law School in 1962. He worked as a patent attorney for Union Carbide from 1963 through 1986. He worked for Crompton & Knowles as a patent attorney from 1988 through 1996.

He joined the Union Carbide Health & Fitness Center as a retiree member in 1993 and continued his fitness routine of treadmill, ergometer and stationery bike until 2012. He was an avid reader before suffering a stroke in December 2012.

His other hobbies included vegetable gardening, surfing the internet, listening to big band music, and watching General Hospital. His five grandchildren were his greatest joy in his golden years.

He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Caroline Bristol of Ridgefield, Lorraine Crowe of New York, NY, Bernadette Macdonald of Wilton, CT, and son-in-law Jamie Macdonald. He is survived by   five grandchildren:  Caitlin and Emily Bristol, Matthew, Lily, and Luke Macdonald.  His sister Marie English of Bloomfield, NJ predeceased him in 2002.

The family will receive friends at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield on Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church; 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Interment will take place following the funeral mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Stroke Association.