Dr. Robert “Bob” James Crowley, 89, Professor Emeritus of Human Development Counseling, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Concordia Village, Springfield, Ill.
He was born Jan. 28, 1929, in South Boston, Mass., to Robert J. and Theresa Crowley. After graduating from Boston Latin School in 1946, he received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1950.
He volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He completed basic training in the Signal Corps at White Sands Proving Grounds, N.M., and his OCS at Fort Monmouth, N.J., where he earned his commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He served as a liaison officer with the Republic of Korea Army in the 85th Signal Repair Company. He was honorably discharged from active service as a 2nd Lt. in 1953 and from the Army Reserves as a captain in 1966.
Returning to Boston, he earned a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University Graduate School in 1955. He moved to Jackson, Mich., where he was employed as a teacher and principal in elementary schools. Working as a research associate, he earned a Ph. D. from University of Michigan in 1966. He worked at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., from 1967 to 1970.
He was a charter member of the Sangamon State faculty in 1970. He belonged to many professional academic organizations, and retired from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2000 after 30 years of service as professor in the Human Development Counseling program. He was proud of his graduate students’ accomplishments and his contributions to the internationalization of the university. He served as an exchange professor at Shanghai Normal University for three semesters. He was proud of his work in YMCA youth soccer and leadership of Illinois Youth Symphony in their early years.
He enjoyed singing in several choral groups, taking group piano lessons at LLCC, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth (VanTol); two sons, Dr. Timothy and wife, Ann Crowley, Hays, and Andrew and wife, Kathryn, Oak Park, Ill.; a sister, Margaret, Florida; five grandchildren, Alexander and Samuel, Lincoln, Neb., Ethan, Emory, and Caiden, Oak Park; and many in-laws, nephews, and niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents,; a brother, Paul; and a brother-in-law, Joawn.
A memorial service and reception will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Concordia Village Chapel.
Cremation rites were accorded by Bisch Funeral Home, Springfield, and he was interred at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to UIS Robert Crowley Scholarship Fund or organization of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.