Robert Gordon Crew, an alumnus of Northwestern State University and the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity passed to chapter eternal on Sunday, January 14, 2018. He was 74 years old.
A Natchitoches native and 1961 graduate of Natchitoches High School, Crew earned his bachelor’s degree at NSU in 1965 and his Master’s of Education at Northwestern State in 1968. A classroom teacher in Caddo and St. Mary’s Parishes from 1965 until 1970, Crew later held several high-profile positions with the Louisiana Department of Education, including supervisor, assistant director, and director of the Bureau of Higher Education and Teacher Certification; director of the Bureau of Continuing Education; and deputy superintendent. He also served on numerous evaluation teams for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In 1997, he returned to his alma mater to serve as Executive Assistant to the President under Dr. Randall J. Webb.
Crew was later inducted into the NSU College of Education’s Hall of Distinguished Educators. In 2013, he was awarded The Nth Degree, one of the university’s highest honors that is bestowed for going the extra mile in meritorious service to mankind.
A widely acclaimed photographer for more than four decades, Crew photographed hundreds of weddings and captured numerous “interesting characters” and significant architectural and historic sites. He was the official photographer at two inaugurations of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and was photographer for the Louisiana Teachers Association.
Robert’s photographs are in a number of private collections and have been displayed in exhibits across the state. Upon his retirement from NSU in 2013, the university named the photographic studio in the Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts in his honor.
A resolution from the Louisiana Legislature at the time of Crew’s retirement from Northwestern expressed appreciation for his “many years of committed service, dedication and remarkable contributions to the state of Louisiana.”
An initiate of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Crew served in numerous advisory roles to the student chapter, attended national conferences, and even served as captain of the Chapter’s intramural badminton team. Many Pi Kapps enjoyed countless hours of trying to beat Crew at racquetball in the NSU WRAC, where he also taught a class on the sport each semester.
In 2013, Crew was honored with the Beta Omicron Chapter Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, which is given to an individual for their personal achievement, outstanding service to the Fraternity and community, involvement in the life of the university, and serving as a model for lifelong brotherhood.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Jacque McClamore Crew; daughter, Kristin Milligan and husband, Barry; son, Cory Crew and his fiancée, Diana Schimberg; granddaughters, Madison and Chandler Milligan; grandsons, Connor and Rocky Crew, and grandson-to-be, Clinton Oliver; brother, David Miller; nieces, Lauren and Ariana Miller; as well as stepfather, Wilburn Miller; and numerous other family members and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Doris Miller; his father, Alvin O. Crew; his grandparents, Otis and Beulah Crew; and his granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Milligan.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, located at 412 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Interment will follow at American Cemetery in Natchitoches. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the church. The family requests that everyone wear purple.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert G. Crew Endowed Scholarship at NSU c/o The Office of University Advancement, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA. 71497.
Click the video below to watch the 2013 retirement event held for Crew at NSU.