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Distinguished Residents Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford

Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living  Chandler, Arizona

Dr. Tom Crawford was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, in 1924. He moved to Bermuda at the age of two, where he lived until he was 16 and enrolled as a sophomore at McGill University in Montreal. He was first in his class when he received his medical degree in 1945 at the age of 21. He served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1946, he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Burckart, while she was vacationing in Bermuda. 

He attended Oxford University in England, as a Rhodes Scholar. He received training in anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. Mary was also in Cleveland pursuing an M.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. They married in 1950 and have been married for 67 years. They were blessed with three fine children – Tom, Megan and Bruce. 

Tom became the staff anesthesiologist at St. Luke’s and later chief cardiac anesthesiologist. In 1967, he accepted a position as chairman of anesthesia and director of the Anesthesia Resident Training Program at Maricopa General Hospital in Phoenix. In 1978, he entered private practice in the greater Phoenix area. From 1978 to 1992 he was chief of staff at Phoenix Memorial Hospital. He retired in 1994. 

Subsequently, he and Mary traveled the world, including a stint at Esperança, a free hospital on the Amazon River in Brazil. They were further blessed with six granddaughters, three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. They became residents of the Gardens at Ocotillo in June of 2016, where they have enjoyed meeting many fine people and forming several rewarding friendships.