Edward Crane

Obituary of Edward Crane

Princeton, NJ �" Edward (Ted) M. Crane Jr. of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on November 6, 2011. Ted was a true "son of New Jersey." Born in Rumson in 1922, son of Edward M. and Margaret Atha Crane, Ted was a descendant of Jasper Crane and Robert Treat, founders of Newark, NJ. After graduating from the Pomfret School in 1940, Ted took a PG year at the Lawrenceville School before attending Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton in 1945, and proudly served in the Marines during World War II where he fought in the battle of Peleliu. Upon his return, he joined his family's book publishing company, Van Nostrand Company. In 1970, he founded Boutwell, Crane and Moseley, then joined the Council for Financial Aid to Education in 1986. Ted was defined by the many passions that sustained him. He could be found at any time and in equal measure zestfully engaging in gardening, playing golf, bridge, or tennis, cataloguing his book collection, completing a crossword puzzle, traveling the world, reading a three pound work of nonfiction and/or railing at the "liberals." After retirement, Ted's unrealized creativity was made apparent when he began creating intricate and witty collages. Made from found objects, these compact, three dimensional artworks were shown at the New Jersey State Museum and the Dutch Treat Club in New York. Throughout his life, Ted gave his time to many boards and organizations including the Aerospace Education Foundation, Friends of the Princeton University Library, the National Schools Committee, the Fishers Island Conservancy and Historic Morven. He also served as president of the National Schools Committee for Elementary Education. He was an active member of the Metropolitan Club (Washington), the Century Club (NY), the Dutch Treat Club (NY), the Fishers Island Club, Bedens Brook Club and the Nassau Club. Predeceased by his sister, Harriet, and his son, Matt, he survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Jean (Drummond), his daughter, Cordelia Ritchie, step daughters, Rachel Cantlay (David), Allison Sargent (Tom), and Kitty Butt (Clement), eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous loyal and devoted friends. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St, Princeton on Saturday, November 12 at 12:00 PM. If desired, contributions may be made to Historic Morven, 55 Stockton St, Princeton NJ 08540
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