Obituary - Colonel Dorothy "Dottie" G. Crouch

Colonel Dorothy "Dottie" G. Crouch (USAFBSC, Ret), a resident of Air Force Village II and Freedom House, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012.  Dottie was born on March 24, 1920 in Norfolk, Virginia.  She graduated from Women's College in Greensboro, NC with a BS in Physical Education and then taught school for more than a year.

Dottie entered the Army Air Corp and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at Camp Atterburg, Indiana in 1945.  Dottie went on to serve as a Physical Therapist in the Army Air Corp and then joined the USAF Biomedical Sciences Corp.  She was promoted to Colonel in 1973.  Her assignments included Newfoundland, Alaska, Philippines and Japan.  Her military decorations included the Legion of Merit.

Colonel Crouch first met her late husband, Maj General Thomas Crouch in 1947 while she was a patient at Fitzsimmons with a broken leg and he was serving his residency for orthopedic surgery.  They met again many years later at Randolph AFB and were married in 1972 in Alvin, Texas.  They lived in Houston for 32 years before moving to AFVII in 2004.  In retirement, Dottie took up golf and won tournaments as golf became her main hobby.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Maj General Thomas Crouch and is survived by her step-son, James Crouch of Houston, Texas and step-daughter, Mary Lynn Spangler of Vanderpool, Texas.  She was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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