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Ralph Waldo "Dick" Crain, Jr
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Birth: May 20, 1906
Shawnee County
Kansas, USA
Death: Aug. 11, 1990
Boca Raton
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA


Ralph W. Crain, 84, a retired architect with the National Capital Housing Authority, died Aug. 11 at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla., after a heart attack.

Mr. Crain was born in Topeka, Kan., and graduated from the University of Illinois as an architectural engineer.

He moved to the Washington area in 1930, and before World War II worked as an architect for various federal agencies involved in housing construction. During the war, he served in the Army in the Pacific.

He joined the staff of the National Capital Housing Authority after the war and remained there until retiring in 1963 as chief of structural engineering and design.

Mr. Crain had designed private homes in Arlington, including his own home.

For 10 years, he had been assistant scoutmaster of the Arlington Boy Scout troop sponsored by Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington. He was a golfer and a member of the Washington Golf and Country Club.

He had lived in Boca Raton since moving there from Arlington in 1968.

His first wife, Ann Johnston Crain, whom he married in 1935, died in 1967.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Essie Carter Crain of Boca Raton; and two children of his first marriage, Richard Lacey Crain of Alexandria and Elizabeth Crain of Roseburg, Ore.

Washington Post, The (DC) - August 14, 1990
Edition: FINAL
Page: b7
Copyright (c) 1990 The Washington Post Downloaded from on 4/20/2010 
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  Ralph Waldo Crain (1877 - 1949)
  Sadie Thelma Caddick Crain (1880 - 1957)
  Anna Lacey Johnston Crain (1908 - 1967)*
  Ralph Waldo Crain (1906 - 1990)
  Earl Thomas Crain (1907 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Columbia Gardens Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section I
Created by: rootsjockey
Record added: Apr 20, 2010
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Ralph Waldo Dick Crain, Jr
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- Kathie L. Webb Blair
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