Alan H. Crosby, 98, became absent from the body and present with the Lord on August 1, 2021 at the Gatehouse Hospice, Williamsport, PA
He was born at the home of his maternal grandmother outside of Columbia, PA on Oct 17, 1922, the son of Lloyd E. and Alice (Hoch) Crosby. He graduated from Pottstown High School, Ursinus College and then the University of Virginia earning a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. While at Virginia he held a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute and was involved in the search for tumor-necrotizing agents.
From there, he began teaching at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, LA where he met and married Virginia Crilow, also a faculty member. They had three children and one grandchild, all of whom survive: Lloyd of Orange, Texas; Barbara (Nathan) Moseley and her daughter, Rachel, of Brecksville, OH, and Jerald (Kate) of South Williamsport. He was one of five children of whom only Byron E. Crosby survives. He is survived by fifteen nieces and nephews and their children.
He found the chemistry program at Northwestern to be extremely weak and he worked to change it. He became a full professor and Department Head, instituted a Master's degree program and had the Department ready for accreditation by the American Chemical Society. It became accredited shortly after he left--he was on the faculty for 20 years and had fully vested retirement. He was hired by Lock Haven as a full professor and taught organic and biochemistry until retirement 17 years later. While at Lock Haven, he started the chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society that recognizes achievement in all academic disciplines.
He was always active in the American Chemical Society. In Louisiana, he was Chairman of the ark=la-Tex Section and later its representative on the ACS National Council. In Pennsylvania, he was Chairman and Treasurer of the Central Pennsylvania Section, headquartered in State College.
He was saved at an early age and, after a period of backsliding, always sought to serve the Lord, first in the Presbyterian Church and then among the Christians known as Plymouth Brethren. He wrote numerous articles for their denominational magazine, Grace & Truth Magazine and produced many contributions for their meditational Calendar, The Lord Is Near Calendar. Both publications had a world-wide circulation among English speaking countries. Beginning about 1980 he started participating in the Yoke fellowship Prison Ministry and later also participated in the Yoke fellowship at the new Centre County Jail when it opened. At the time of his death, he fellowshipped with Christian Assembly, Williamsport, PA.
A funeral service honoring the life of Alan H. Crosby will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 7, 2021 in the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, 111 Main St., Mill Hall, PA with Dr. Daniel Egli officiating. Friends will be received in the church from 10 AM until time of services. Interment, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall, PA.
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