Loren Arthur Crown, MD – Leavenworth Times

Loren Arthur Crown, MD, physician and teacher, died on May 29, 2022 at his home in Covington, Tenn. Born in Kansas City, Kan. on April 5, 1945, he attended Basehor Elementary School, Welborn Grade School and Washington High School in Kansas City where he was Junior Class President, Sportsman of the Year and a four year letterman. Twice Kansas State high school champion in the 880 run he also anchored a medley relay team at the KU Relays which set a national best time; his school record still stands from 1963. Awarded an athletic scholarship he attended the University of Kansas where he pledged Beta Theta Pi. In April of 1968 he married Carol Jane Uhlig and together they had three children (Amanda Jane Crown Jordan, Melissa Elizabeth Crown Morris and Bridget Kristina Crown Mirza). That same year he entered medical training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 1972 he interned at the University of Miami and began residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago the following year. Moving to Memphis in 1975 and Board Certified in Family, Emergency, and Sports Medicine he practiced emergency medicine at St. Francis (where he set up the first Chest Pain Center in West Tennessee and a Level II Trauma Center) and St. Joseph Hospitals and served as Medical Director of the ED at both. Divorced in 1986, he then married Elaine Kathleen Ellis in 1989 (stepsons Chris Williams and Brad Sukut).

In 1991, he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and moved to Tipton County to establish the UT-Tipton Family Practice Program and an Emergency Medicine Fellowship program in Covington to prepare doctors for family and emergency practice in rural communities. At UT, he achieved tenure and the rank of full Clinical Professor. During the next quarter century, he trained many dozens of Fellows, Residents, and medical students in Family and Emergency Medicine. He gave lectures both throughout the country and internationally, published over a hundred journal articles, wrote textbook chapters, served as editor of medical journals, presided over conferences, and moderated a medically oriented television program. He was the Medical Advisor for the Southwest Tennessee and Dyersburg State College Paramedic programs.

Amongst the many accolades he received, Dr. Crown was elected by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine peers as Physician of the Year, by the Tennessee Rural Health Association as Practitioner of the Year and by his hospital as Doctor of the Year. Active in professional societies, he was Chairman of the Board of Certification of Emergency Medicine, President of the Tennessee Academy of Emergency Physicians, and President of the Memphis Academy of Family Physicians. In community affairs, he served as President of the Memphis branch of the American Heart Association, as Vice President of the Alumni of Leadership Memphis. He also sat on the boards of United Way, the Memphis chapter of the American Red Cross, Art Today, Dyersburg State College Foundation, The Tipton Arts Council, and the Boys and Girls Club of Hatchie River.

In retirement, after more than five decades of medical practice and teaching, he most enjoyed all his time spent with 10 grandchildren (Lily, Violet, Samarra, Laurel, Isobella, James, Drew, Haley, Abby and Erin), golfing (though he never had time to do so during his career years), reading (to catch up on all the Great Books of the Western World neglected while keeping up with medical reading) and traveling with Elaine to all the places he had daydreamed about visiting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Avis Crown of White City, Basehor and Kansas City, and his brother David. His remains are to be donated to the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Hatchie River.

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