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Dr. Philip A. Crowl dies author, historian was 76


Services for Dr. Philip A. Crowl, an author and retired head of the strategy department at the Naval War College, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis.

Dr. Crowl, who was 76 and who lived in Annapolis since his retirement in 1980, died Sunday of cancer at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

An expert on military history, Dr. Crowl joined the war college faculty in Newport, R.I., in 1973. Previously, he was head of the history department at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Earlier, he taught at Princeton and Stanford universities and at the Naval Academy.

In the 1950s, he served as an intelligence officer in the State

Department and worked on an oral history of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

His books included a history of Colonial Maryland; three military histories of World War II, of which he was co-author; and three historical travel guides on Scotland, Britain and Wales, and Ireland.

Dr. Crowl, born in Dayton, Ohio, was a graduate of Swarthmore College, did graduate work at Yale University and the University of Iowa and earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he reached the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving as captain of a landing craft infantry outfitted as a gunboat. Among his decorations was the Silver Star, for his service during the landings on Leyte.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Ellen Wood; three daughters, Ellen Wood Crowl of Fort Worth, Texas, Catherine Pauline Crowl of Mountain View, Calif., and Margaret Axtell Crowl of Rochester, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

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