Remembering Dr. Bryan Crow
We are so sad to share the news that our dear friend, colleague, and teacher, Dr. Bryan Crow, professor emeritus in Communication Studies, transitioned from this life early Sunday afternoon. He held the hands of both of his children, Anthony and Molly, and was surrounded by their partners, his grandchildren, and other loving family members.
As many of us know, Bryan fought his battle with cancer so steadfastly, and with a spirit of positivity that filled our hearts and will not be forgotten. Always one to share a smile and a piece of his quick wit or dry, lovable humor, Bryan was seen at the office, even up to the last few weeks, though he retired back in June.
Dr. Bryan Crow joined the Communication Studies department (then Speech Communication) in 1981 as an instructor, moving onto the tenure track in 1982 and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. In 2013, he became cross-appointed in both Linguistics, and in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His course on Irish Culture was one of the more popular courses for many years in the University Honors Program, as were his study abroad trips to Ireland in collaboration with SIU's Forestry Department. Throughout his time as an academic, he participated in conferences, local, regional, national and international, and published in outlets such as the _Journal of Language and Social Psychology_, _Journalism Monographs_, and _Media, Culture and Society_. Dr. Crow sat on nearly 40 masters committees, over 100 dissertation committees, and directed over 30 masters and doctoral projects.
Those outside of academia may know him best as the host of the internationally-syndicated NPR show, Celtic Connections, where he took to the airwaves each Saturday night to showcase his love of the music of the Celtic tribes. This past weekend's show was particularly touching, with its mixture of music and poetry. Through his radio show, he brought much attention to a variety of artists both in the U.S. and worldwide, and did so since 1991. However, he didn't just showcase the music of others; Bryan was a member of a local Irish band, the Dorians, for nearly 30 years, an ensemble that enjoys great fame throughout the region.
During his years in southern Illinois, Bryan received several grants from Carbondale Community Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Carbondale Tourism. He received multiple awards and honors, including an induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Carbondale Community Arts Legacy Award. He served for many years as a Delegate of the Word and musician at Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, in Carbondale, Illinois, and could be found regularly at Harbaugh's Cafe.
Dr. Crow touched many lives, largely through his dedication to his students; he loved teaching, and showed an enormous commitment to his students' success. Our hearts go out to his family and friends both near and far.
A service to share in our grief, and celebrate Bryan's life, is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 AM, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale. Immediately following the service will be a potluck, music playing, and storytelling. His family writes:
"Please feel welcome to bring a potluck dish to share, to bring your instruments if you are a player, and any memories you would like to share of Bryan. We know Bryan would love nothing more than a lively music session following his service! Childcare will be provided.