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Doreen Crewe of Dune Acres passes away at age 90

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Doreen Crewe, of Dune Acres, died on December 17 at Belmont Village in Carol Stream, following a long period of dementia. She was 90.

A former teacher who served on school boards in Illinois for three decades, she was an inveterate volunteer for such organizations as Recording for the Blind and Metropolitan Family Services. Crewe was elected to the Palos Community Consolidated School District 118 board in April 1966 and served until 1971. She served on the Consolidated High School District 230 board throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1982 she ran for Illinois State Representative in the 38th district, but lost to the incumbent. In 1988 she was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education by Governor Jim Thompson and served from 1988-1996.

Doreen Patricia Blunsdon was born on April 17, 1927, in London. She married Albert V. Crewe in 1949, and moved to Liverpool where he was a new professor of physics. In 1955 they emigrated to the U.S., as Albert had been offered a position at the University of Chicago. They lived in the Chicago area for 40 years and retired to Dune Acres in 1997. Albert died in 2009.

An avid gardener, during the early years of her retirement Crewe became fascinated by the local indigenous plants and she received a Master Gardener certificate from Valparaiso University. She was active in the Dune Acres Garden Club and volunteered for plantings and clean-up in town parks and public spaces. She was also involved in collecting water samples in Lake Michigan to test for E. coli bacteria to warn swimmers of the danger. She is survived by her four children--Jennifer Crewe, of New York City; Sarah Crewe, of Glenview, IL; Elizabeth Crewe of LaGrange, IL; and David Crewe of Seattle, WA--and ten grandchildren.



Posted 12/22/2017




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