Alan Crandall | ASCRS

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Remembering Alan S. Crandall, MD

It is with sadness that ASCRS has learned of the passing of Past President Alan S. Crandall, MD. Dr. Crandall, 73, passed away on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, following a sudden illness. On behalf of the Executive Committee, Governing Board, membership and staff, we extend our deepest condolences to the Crandall family.

He served as ASCRS President from 2009–2010. He was also an inaugural member of the ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee formed in 1997.

Dr. Crandall spent 39 years at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he was well known around the world for his efforts in humanitarian ophthalmology. He was awarded the inaugural ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award in 2018. 

At that time, Douglas Koch, MD, ASCRS Foundation board member, said Dr. Crandall had “dedicated his career to humanitarian service … and his loving, generous spirit permeates all that he does, whether it be with patients, colleagues, students, friends, or family.”

A message about Dr. Crandall written by Randall Olson, MD, CEO of the Moran Eye Center, stated that Dr. Crandall is the only physician to receive four major international awards for his humanitarian work. Dr. Olson described Dr. Crandall’s work, which included teaching as well as offering humanitarian eyecare, in Utah, the Navajo Nation, and more than 20 countries.

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