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Crawford Sydney Anglin, KStJ


Surgeon-Lieutenant, O-2290, RCN(R)


Born: 1918


Died: 01 Jun 2016, Toronto, Ontario


ANGLIN, Crawford Sydney - Crawford Sydney Anglin, MD. Peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Toronto, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Carmen, devoted friend and companion throughout 63 years of marriage. Crawford and Carmen were blessed with four children; Vicki (Jim Parrish), Leslie (Bob Edmison), Laura (Campbell McBeath), John (Lisa Dowling). Proud grandfather of James and Kristine Parrish, Laura (Will Luff), Ashley and Michael Edmison, Jonathan, lain and Kathleen McBeath, Jeremy and Mark Anglin, and great grandson Griffith Luff. He was predeceased by his father, Sydney Ernest Anglin and his mother, Nellie Carman Anglin. Crawford graduated from University of Toronto Schools (UTS) where he combined academics with his passion for playing football and baseball. He then entered U of T Medical School, graduating in the accelerated class of January 1943. After serving his Internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, he volunteered for service with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was commissioned as a Surgeon Lieutenant and was posted to HMCS Givenchy in Esquimalt British Columbia, serving on the medical staff of this base until 1944. Crawford was then assigned as Medical Officer to the Frigate HMCS Orkney, the Senior Officer Ship of Escort Group 25, responsible for anti-submarine duties in the North Atlantic. On discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II, Crawford returned to Canada and commenced a two year Residency Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, followed by a Senior Residency at the Willard Parker Infectious Disease Hospital in New York City. Upon returning to Toronto, he was appointed to the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children and also commenced a private paediatric practice. His distinguished medical career included the positions of Chief of Infectious Diseases at Sick Children's and Professor of Paediatrics (subsequently Professor Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, all the while continuing his busy medical practice until 2003. He authored numerous books, articles in medical journals and was interviewed frequently by national media regarding infectious diseases and immunization. He served on many advisory groups including the Committee on Infectious Diseases for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society as well as the National Advisory Committee on Immunizing Agents. He served on medical missions across Canada for both The Hospital for Sick Children and his Church. Crawford was a lifelong member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church where he held numerous senior positions. He enjoyed membership in the B & R, Granite and Cricket Clubs of Toronto and is a Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He has been a member of medical groups including The American Pediatric Society, The Canadian Paediatric Society, the 300 Club, The Sydenham Club and The Hospital for Sick Children Quarter Century Club. His warm friendly manner, good humour and devotion will be forever remembered. The family is especially grateful for the love and support Crawford received from the entire Sunnybrook team and his dedicated personal caregivers. A service will be held in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1R5) on Thursday, June 9th at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Church. If desired, donations to the SickKids Foundation (525 University Avenue, 14th Floor Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L3) or Timothy Eaton Memorial Church would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 04 Jun 2016)


Surg-Lt Anglin served in the RCNVR during WW2 and after the war was transferred to the RCN(R). He was demobilized in 1946.


Ships served in:

RCN HOSPITAL ESQUIMALT - Appointed to RCNH Esquimalt 28 Sep 1943 as a Surg-Lt, RCNVR (seniority 01 Sep 1943) (Navy List Oct 1943)

HMCS GIVENCHY (Depot Ship) for RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT - Appointed to RCN Barracks Esquimalt 10 Dec 1943 as a Surg-Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1944)

HMCS ORKNEY - Appointed to Orkney 19 Apr 1944 as a Surg-Lt, RCNVR. Seniority back-dated to 01 Sep 1942 (Navy List Jul 1944)

HMCS YORK - Appointed to York as a Surg-Lt, RCN(R) for demobilization (Navy List Apr 1946)




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