|Bob Crichlow was born in New Orleans April 28, 1917, to Augusta Davis Crichlow and Dr. Richard S. Crichlow. Both of his grandfathers were ministers. He attended both Newman and Warren Easton High Schools and Tulane University for two years. Experiencing a call to preach, he transferred to Centenary College where he was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Emory University and Candler School of Theology came next, and he directed the Theology School Choir while serving as President of the Student Body and pastor of a student appointment.
While at Emory he met Doris Franklin, and they were married in the Theology Chapel on January 23, 1942. Over the next 55 years together they produced a daughter, Carol Franklin Crichlow, and a son, Robert B. Crichlow, Jr. Two grandsons came into the family: Robert Scott Crichlow and Morris Dean Crichlow.
Entering the Louisiana Conference in 1942, Bob and Dorie served appointments including Aldersgate-Felicity in New Orleans, North Baton Rouge, Abbeville, Jennings, Bogalusa, Broadmoor in Shreveport, First Church New Orleans, the Conference Treasurer and New Iberia First Church. After retiring he served for nine years as Associate pastor of Summer Grove in Shreveport.
Dates, places and statistics cannot portray Bob Crichlow. He was an avid reader and loved his study and work as a pastor. His warm and gentle spirit made him a Christ-like pastor as well as an impressive preacher. His prayers lifted all others into the living presence of God and always ended with an emphatic A-Men! Bob had a limitless love for his family, and his faithful devotion to his beloved Dorie was second only to his commitment to Christ Himself.
It was my personal privilege to know Bob as a friend, a fellow pastor, as my District Superintendent and Conference Treasurer and in every relationship he was the same, gentle, caring Christian gentleman. He died on August 16, 1997, after an extended bout with cancer, and his memorial service in Broadmoor Church in Shreveport was an event of the highest order of worship.
Bob Crichlow, as all others, will be succeeded in the Louisiana Conference, but rarely if ever replaced.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1998, p. 245 By Dr. Douglas L. McGuire|