Death – Jameson Crane, philanthropist and businessman, dies at 95

Death – Obituary

Jameson Crane, pictured in a 2002 Dispatch file photo, died Wednesday.

Jameson “Jim” Crane Sr., former head of Crane Plastics, died Wednesday at his Bexley home.

Crane, 95, served as the head of the family company from 1992 until his retirement in 2003 and is the namesake for the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The institute was created in 2016 from a $10 million gift by three generations of the Crane family, known for being local philanthropists.

“I cannot imagine a better community partner than the Crane family in general, and Jameson in particular,” Dr. Christopher Kaeding, executive director of sports medicine at the institute, said earlier this year according to an Ohio State University story on the institute’s five-year anniversary. “Their partnership and generosity are at the heart of our ability to expand this program and impact so many lives.”

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.