Tuesday, April 29, 2014
It’s no secret that Rex Crawley always loved a good party.
On what would have been the 50th birthday for the late professor of communication, the university premiered “Rex” – a documentary film on the life of the man behind the bowtie who touched so many lives as a teacher, father, and husband. Crawley passed away on Nov. 25, 2013, after dealing with complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Directed by Emmy Award winner Emmai Alaquiva, the 15-minute film is an ode to the late Dr. Crawley, as well as an effort to raise awareness about blood diseases and cancers and to encourage others, especially minorities, to join the national bone marrow registry. Immediately after the debut of the film, gospel singer Travis Malloy lead the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” for the late Dr. Crawley.
“I’m delighted that Emmai Alaquiva undertook this endeavor to share the story of Rex’s life, which spotlights his cancer survivorship and his push to increase the number of African Americans on the donor registry, as well as how much he loved his life, his sons, his parents, his siblings, and me,” said Crawley’s widow, Daria C. Crawley, Ph.D., associate professor of management at RMU. “When someone dies so young like Rex did, and has two young sons, this film is a great way for me to show them who their father really was, and it will always be there for us to go back to as the boys grow and mature. They still need their father in their lives, and this documentary makes Rex come alive for them.
“Rex loved being a professor. He truly enjoyed the academic community and lifestyle; he enjoyed fulfilling his life as a professor at RMU. How fitting for RMU to decide to premier this tribute to him on campus on his birthday, so that others could join together with me and my family to celebrate his life and show what kind of man he truly was.”
The premier of “Rex,” which is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, BeTheMatch.org, Kappa Alpha Psi, and UPMC, is free and open to the public.