Former SFRES faculty member C. Richard Crowther dies

C. Richard CrowtherC. Richard Crowther, a retired SFRES faculty member, died on July 6 in Escanaba. He was 87.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Crowther earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Master of Science in Forestry Management from Iowa State College. He joined the Michigan Tech faculty as an instructor in 1956, completing his PhD in 1971 while teaching at Tech. He retired as a full professor in 1985.

A professor of silviculture, Crowther also served as advisor to The Forester, the School’s yearbook. The 1961 and 1962 issues were dedicated to him. He was an avid bowler and bowled with the Tech Faculty League.

Crowther moved to Escanaba after he retired, but he maintained ties with Michigan Tech. In 2010-2011, he was recognized as a member of the President’s Club, an annual giving club, for his contribution to Michigan Tech.

The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 1 p.m., today, in Escanaba, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ahmed Temple Shrine Transportation Fund for children. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Crowther family at