Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

EP Magazine Mourns the Loss of Dr. Allen Crocker

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

EP Magazine Mourns the Loss of Dr. Allen Crocker

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Dr. Allen Carrol Crocker of Natick and Gloucester, a retired pediatrician at Children's Hospital Boston, died Oct. 23 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital from respiratory failure several months after surgery to treat a nonmalignant brain tumor. He was 85. A great teacher, mentor, clinician and advocate, Dr. Allen Crocker was a member of the EP Editorial Advisory Board.

Born in Boston, Dr. Crocker was a longtime resident of Gloucester and Natick. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Belmont High School. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944 and Harvard Medical School in 1948.

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Dr. Crocker served as an officer in the Army Medical Corps from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, where he met his wife, Margarete. He began his clinical training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in 1948 and continued in his medical practice at the hospital until his retirement in June 2009. He was director of the Developmental Evaluation Clinic from 1967 to 1993, and program director of the Institute for Community Inclusion from 1993 to 2009. …

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