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Bernard Francis Crowe, 91, Of Ridgefield, Army Veteran, Patent Attorney

Bernard Francis Crowe
Bernard Francis Crowe Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Bernard Francis Crowe of Ridgefield died Tuesday, June 4. He was 91.

Crowe was born Nov. 2, 1921, in New York City, son of Bernard and Elizabeth Egan Crowe. 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 Corp 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.

Crowe 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 until 2012.

Crowe is survived by his wife, Mary Austin Crowe; daughters, Caroline Bristol of Ridgefield, Lorraine Crowe of New York, N.Y., Bernadette (Jamie) Macdonald of Wilton; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie English of Bloomfield, N.J.

Calling hours are Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home , 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield. Interment will take place following the funeral Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.

Contributions in Crowe’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Association .

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