Benjamin Salts Crosby Jr., a retired dentist and World War II veteran, died of lung disease Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 90.
Born in Canaan, N.Y., he was a 1934 graduate of the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. His studies at Boston University were interrupted by military service in the Army. While in training at Fort Meade, he met his future wife, Dorothy R. Ricketts, while attending a dance.
They married in 1941, and he was immediately sent overseas to serve in the 3rd Army. He landed in Normandy 12 hours after the initial invasion and he fought in the Rhineland Campaign, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he completed his undergraduate education at Loyola College and received his degree at the University of Maryland Dental School in 1951.
Dr. Crosby established a practice on York Road in Govans and later worked from his Timonium home. He was an assistant professor in the University of Maryland's department of pedodontics from 1966 to 1972.
"He had patients across three generations," said his son Paul Merle Crosby of Florence, S.C. "He was exceptional with children."
Dr. Crosby enjoyed travel, gardening and a vacation home in New Hampshire.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Seminary and Bellona avenues in Lutherville.
In addition to his son, Dr. Crosby is survived by another son, Benjamin S. Crosby III of Medford, Mass.; and a daughter, Ruth Carolyn Crosby of Stewartstown, Pa. His wife died in 2003.