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DENNIS CROW, OF CINNAMON BEAR FAME, DIES IN OREGON
(From Radio Recall, June 2008)
Dennis Crow, 65, a retired educator, vintage radio enthusiast, and longtime MWOTRC member, died of cancer on April 20, 2008 at his residence in Gresham, OR, in the foothills of Mt. Hood, where he had lived nearly all his life.
Dennis taught English at Union High School in Sandy, OR from 1964 to 1979, ultimately advancing to Superintendent of that high school. He retired from that administrative position in 1997.
While he enjoyed travel and Shakespeare, his first-love hobby was old-time radio. He gave regular presentations on the Golden Age of Radio to local Elderhostels. His favorite series was The Cinnamon Bear and he was a linchpin in the Cinnamon Bear Brigade, which is currently in hibernation. He was an active researcher in discovering previously unknown facts about that juvenile holiday adventure program and marveled at its continuing popularity, many decades after it was first transcribed in 1937.
Dennis attended many radio conventions and was an active member of SPERDVAC and the Metro Washington OTR Club as well as a frequent contributor to the pages of RADIO RECALL.
He was deeply involved in his community and willingly donated his time and talents to religious, social, and humanitarian organizations in Oregon. His survivors include his wife, Shirley J. Crow nee Boring, (whom he married in July 1971, having proposed marriage on their first date,) a brother, two nephews, and a grandniece.
His family wishes to say to the OTR community, in the words of Paddy O'Cinnamon, "I am much obliged to you." And MWOTRC is quite secure in our belief that Dennis Crow earned his Silver Star as he was welcomed through the pearly gates.