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RMU To Remember, Celebrate Life of Rex Crawley

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pittsburgh – On Friday, Feb. 7, Robert Morris University will honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Rex Crawley, professor of communication, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2013, after dealing with complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 49.

The Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration will take place in the Sewall Center Arena on RMU's campus in Moon Township. Beginning at 4 p.m. the main program will feature various speakers and performances by the RMU Choir. A reception will immediately follow at 5:15 p.m., with refreshments and live music. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to attend this celebration of one of RMU's most beloved professors. You can RSVP by emailing instadvancement@rmu.edu.

Since Crawley was known for his characteristic bow tie, attendees of the memorial celebration are encouraged to wear a bow tie in his honor. After the program, guests may place their tie on a special memorial to be displayed on campus. 

Crawley first came to RMU in 1999. Eventually he rose to assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems and head of the Department of Communication. He also served as chair of the university’s Council on Institutional Equity.

As co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program he ran in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, he had a profound and lasting impact on hundreds of young men throughout the Pittsburgh region. Most recently, he was the endowed chair and executive director of the Uzuri Think Tank, a research center dedicated to Rex Crawley identifying the factors shared by successful African American men and developing models of success for others to follow.

He also sat on the boards of the Community College of Allegheny County, the August Wilson Arts and Cultural Center, and the National Marrow Donors Program.

Crawley's wife, Daria, is an associate professor of management at RMU, and the couple has two young sons, Xavier and Vaughan.

Gifts in Rex Crawley's name can be made to the Rex Crawley Memorial Fund.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.


 

Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration

Friday, February 7

Program: 4 p.m.

Reception: 5:15 p.m.

Location: Sewall Center Arena, RMU Campus, Moon Township

 

Pittsburgh – On Friday, February 7, Robert Morris University will honor, remember, and celebrate the life of Rex Crawley, professor of communication, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2013, after dealing with complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 49.

 

The Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration will take place in the Sewall Center Arena on RMU's campus in Moon Township. Beginning at 4 p.m. the main program will feature various speakers and performances by the RMU Choir. A reception will immediately follow at 5:15 p.m., with refreshments and live music. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to attend this celebration of one of RMU's most beloved professors.  

 

Since Crawley was known for his characteristic bow tie, attendees of the memorial celebration are encouraged to wear a bow tie in his honor. After the program, guests may place their tie on a special memorial to be displayed on campus.  

 

Crawley first came to RMU in 1999. Eventually he rose to assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems and head of the Department of Communication. He also served as chair of the university’s Council on Institutional Equity.

 

As co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program he ran in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, he had a profound and lasting impact on hundreds of young men throughout the Pittsburgh region. Most recently, he was the endowed chair and executive director of the Uzuri Think Tank, a research center dedicated to Rex Crawley identifying the factors shared by successful African American men and developing models of success for others to follow.

 

He also sat on the boards of the Community College of Allegheny County, the August Wilson Arts and Cultural Center, and the National Marrow Donors Program.

 

Crawley's wife, Daria, is an associate professor of management at RMU, and the couple has two young sons, Xavier and Vaughn.

 

Gifts in Rex Crawley's name can be made to the Rex Crawley Memorial Fund.

 

 

Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration (Schedule)

 

Friday, February 7

 

4 p.m.     Welcome & Special Recognitions

           Provost David Jamison

               

4:05 p.m.  Old Testament Reading

           Minister John Silbert

 

4:08 p.m.  Impact on Robert Morris University

           President Gregory Dell’Omo

          

4:13 p.m.  Impact on the Community

           Board Chairman Gary Claus

 

4:18 p.m.  Impact on the School of Communications & Information Systems

           Dean Barbara Levine

 

4:23 p.m.  Performance by RMU Choir

 

4:26 p.m.  New Testament Reading

           Minister John Silbert

 

4:30 p.m.  Impact on Spiritual Life

           Craig Giles

 

4:35 p.m.  Impact as a Mentor

           Paul Spradley  

 

4:40 p.m.  Performance by RMU Choir

 

4:43 p.m.  Impact on Faculty

           Dr. Seth Finn

          

4:48 p.m.  Impact on Students

           Chet Thompson and Marlon Thrower

 

4:55 p.m.  Family Thank You

           Dr. Daria Crawley

 

5:05 p.m.  Song: “Abraham, Martin, & John”

           RMU Choir

 

5:08 p.m.  Closing Remarks

           President Greg Dell’Omo

 

5:15 pm    Reception