James Noel Crowley

December 28, 1940 ~ May 12, 2022 (age 81)


James Noel Crowley (81) of Edgewood, Washington passed away on May 12, 2022.

"Jim" to his friends, "Jimmy" to his siblings and "Dr. Crowley" to anyone under the age of 50, he was a native of Long Beach, Washington, where he he grew up working on his family's farm.

He was the valedictorian of Ilwaco High School's Class of 1959. Thereafter, he attended the University of Washington, completing his degree in three years instead of four. He had hoped to obtain early admission to the University of Washington School of Medicine. Told that he should wait another year, he applied for medical school at the University of British Columbia where he met his wife, Nicole Elaine Homer.

During the Vietnam War era, he served his country with the United States Air Force in Little Rock, Arkansas, where his son Robert was born. After completing his service, Jim began a neurosurgical residency at Philadelphia Episcopal Hospital where he worked under Henry A. Shenkin. His daughter Ann was born while the family was living in Philadelphia. After a brief stint in Spokane,, Washington, the family moved to Tacoma, where his son Paul was born. Crowley practiced with Tacoma Neurological and Neurosurgical Associates from 1974 through 1994, working as a consultant until his retirement.

He is survived by his sister, Rosanne Sallee, his brother, Lee Crowley, his children Robert Crowley (Tracy), Ann Shirey (Keith) and Paul Crowley (Becky) and his grandchildren Ashleigh Shirey, Brian Shirey, Mitchell Crowley, Duncan Crowley, Nuala Crowley, Meara Crowley and Nessa Crowley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma, Washington.

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