Dec.27, 1917 – Feb. 20, 2013
Dr. Edward B. “Woodie” Crohn of Snyder, a longtime practitioner in pulmonary and internal medicine and the son of the doctor famous for identifying Crohn’s disease, died Wednesday at Weinberg Campus, Getzville. He was 95.
He was the son of the late Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, world famous for his work in identifying Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Crohn worked many years in medicine and was published in journals and books focusing on internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Austria, he returned to the United States to study at Harvard University, graduating in 1939. He continued his education in medicine and biomedical sciences, graduating in 1943 as a physician from the University of Buffalo Medical School.
In 1945, Dr. Crohn joined the medical team as a practitioner at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he met his wife, the former Frances Harrison. She died in 1975. They would raise two children, both now deceased.
For many years, they lived on Westmoreland Road in Snyder.
In 1977, Dr. Crohn, who also was known as “Bear,” joined Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo as a pulmonary specialist and in 1977 became recertified in internal medicine. He retired from practice in 1993.
Dr. Crohn more recently traveled the world with his dear friend, Mary-Anne Stegmeier, and also enjoyed birding and skiing. He played tennis regularly into his 90s.
He was an active volunteer on the Saturday Wegmans food shuttles to Buffalo’s inner-city churches. Dr. Crohn also was an active volunteer in Buffalo public schools, teaching children to read and organizing after-school chess programs.
Justine Nadherny-Borutin of Toronto described her grandfather as “brilliant.”
“What he said really had impact,” she noted, adding that members of his family took particular pride in giving back to the community.
Survivors also include a sister, Ruth Dickler.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.