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December 17, 2009
The Town Crier
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel for Dr. Ralph G. Crum, 79, who died early Dec. 7 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown.

He was born July 22, 1930 in Youngstown, the son of Myron G. and Esther (Evans) Crum.

A 1948 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, he then attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, where he achieved a doctor of philosophy degree in civil engineering in 1956.

He was a faculty member at Carnegie Tech for several years before he began his employment as principal scientist and project manager of the space division with the North American Rockwell Corporation.

He then served on the faculty at Youngstown State University in the School of Engineering from 1970 until retiring in 1996. He was bestowed the honor of professor emeritus for his many years of teaching and service.

He was given other honors and commendations throughout his career. He served as past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, was a member of the National Science Foundation, a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi societies, was recognized by the Who’s Who in Engineering and served as a consultant to the state of California on environmental control problems.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, the former Helen T. McCarthy, whom he married May 30, 1959. He also leaves behind three sons: Myron A. (Mary) Crum of Elgin, Ill., Daniel R. Crum of Upper Arlington and Ralph “Mac” (Kristine) Crum of Bristow, Va.; six grandchildren: Jason, Andrew, Ryan, Kelley, Matthew, and Evan; and a sister, Eileen Schulz of Austintown.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

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