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Clarence R. Crowell, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1928-2011.

After a 32-year career at USC, he passed away peacefully on February 14, 2011, after several years of struggle with Alzheimer’s.
Madhuri Shekar
March 10, 2011 —

Clarence R. Crowell. July 29, 1928-February 14, 2011
Clarence Crowell, retired emeritus professor in the USC Viterbi School's Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2011.  He was 82.

Crowell came to USC from Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1966, and taught and conducted research at USC for 32 years. Originally from Canada, his visionary insights and research into semiconductor devices, impact ionization, ballistic transport and Schottky barriers, along with his generous and gentle personality, made him one of the most beloved and popular professors during his time here. He retired due to illness in 1998.

He was recruited to USC by then-Dean Zohrab Kaprielian and  William Spitzer, with whom he had worked at Bell Labs. Among his many honors was the US Senior Scientist Award in 1974 given by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, and his Fellowship to the IEEE for contributions to transport and charge storage in semiconductors and metal-semiconductor systems. He was actively involved with the USC Ice-Hockey Club and coached the team from 1976 to 1997.
Feb. 16, 1963: Crowell teaches a group of high school students in Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ .

Crowell is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Areta Crowell, and his two sons Rev. Robert Crowell and Kevin Crowell, and their families. He was a dedicated member of Faith Presbyterian Church of Valley Village since arriving in Los Angeles in 1966. A persistent voice for justice and peace, Crowell will be missed dearly by his family, friends and colleagues.

A memorial service was held at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Avenue, Valley Village, Calif. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Youth Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Fund at the Faith Presbyterian Church, the Living Waters for the World Mission Team (Peru) (San Gabriel Presbytery, 630 Dalton Ave., Azusa, CA 91702), or the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles.