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Neal D. Crane
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1916
Death: Sep. 8, 1996

(The accompanying individual photograph of Neal Crane was taken in 1943. The group picture shows Neal Crane (wearing glasses) being thanked for his service by King George VI and Queen Mary. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire.)

Neal Crane served on the faculty of MIT after concluding his course work for a doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Wisconsin. While there he was involved in secret war research on high-frequency radar. He installed one of the first microwave radars on a Navy destroyer.

Crane was already working with the British Royal Air Force - Group 60 - protecting Britain from air and missile attacks before the United States entered WWII. After the U.S. entered the war he worked with the technical liaison division of the Signal Corps at the headquarters of the European Theater of Operations. He served as executive officer for radio communication over the English Channel on D-Day. He was in charge of technical intelligence as troops became established first in France and later in Germany, researching captured enemy equipment.

During his years in the military Crane was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Order of the British Empire. He resigned his commission in 1945 but remained in Germany for a year working for the Commerce Department.

As a civilian back in the United States Crane helped prepare the first Department of Defense master plan. Civilian positions included research director of
General Motors Laboratory in Warren, Michigan and of the American Machine and Foundry Company in Stamford, Connecticut, chief executive officer of the Ben Hogan Company (1966-1977 - using his knowledge of physics to design golf clubs), and service on many boards of directors. He remained most deeply involved on the board of Modine Manufacturing Company in Racine, heading their auditing committee. In addition, Crane was listed in a variety of presitigious lists of influential Americans. He was also featured in a lengthy article on PRIME MOVERS by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on November 13-14, 1985.

Crane was born in Stanley, Wisconsin, son of Lewis D. and Grace O. (Dahlberg) Crane. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Gwen MacFarlane, and his wife Elizabeth (Henery) Crane. He was survived by his brother Lloyd (Ruth Jean) Crane, his niece Jean Grace MacFarlane, and his nephews David (Vicky) Crane and Hugh (Marcia) Crane.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis David Crane (1885 - 1952)
  Grace Dahlberg Crane (1884 - 1952)
 
 Siblings:
  Gwen A. Crane MacFarlane (1911 - 1978)*
  Lloyd L. Crane (1913 - 2000)*
  Neal D. Crane (1916 - 1996)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Neal D. Crane - Oct. 28, 1916-Sept. 8, 1996 - Son of Lewis D. & Grace O. Crane - LT COL US ARMY WWII
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Chippewa Falls
Chippewa County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Maintained by: Vicky Johnson Crane
Originally Created by: Shelly Tindal
Record added: Aug 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40369804
Neal D. Crane
Added by: Vicky Johnson Crane
 
Neal D. Crane
Added by: Vicky Johnson Crane
 
Neal D. Crane
Added by: Shelly Tindal
 
 
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