Lieutenant General (Ret) USA Chairman, Sarasota Military Academy Foundation, Inc.
General Crowell was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on September 2, 1932. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University in 1954. He also holds a Master of Science degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the U. S. Army War College. His military career spanned over thirty-four years and included a variety of assignments throughout the United States and overseas, including Japan, Vietnam, Germany and Belgium. Having commanded an Infantry battalion in Vietnam, a division support command in Germany, and the Third Mechanized Infantry Division, also in Germany, he concluded his military career as the Chief of Staff, U.S. European Command in September, 1988.
General Crowell moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1989 and held the position of senior vice president of Coast Bank for three years. Following several years of focusing exclusively on service and philanthropic efforts he was appointed vice president of development, Mote Marine Laboratory. He was elected a member and then chairman of the board of The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, a continuing care retirement community in Sarasota. In May, 2003 he assumed the role of CEO of that organization and retired, again, in July, 2010. Throughout these years he served as the president of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay; district governor of Rotary International, District 6960, Southwest Florida; president of the Retired Officer’s Club of Sarasota; a director of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; member of the Noise Abatement Advisory Council, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport; vice president of the Sarasota Sister Cities Association; member of the Sun Coast Workforce Board, chairman of the board of SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence); trustee and treasurer, Mote Marine Laboratory; treasurer, Mote Environmental Services Inc.; founding member and chairman of the board of directors for the Sarasota Military Academy; commodore of the Field Club; president of the Field Club Foundation, member of the board of the Pines of Sarasota and member of the Sarasota Power Squadron.
Among his many awards and decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Army Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star; Bronze Star; eighteen Air Medals, one with V devise; the Purple Heart; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Senior Parachutist Wings; and Ranger Tab. He holds five foreign decorations from Vietnam, Germany and France. He is the recipient of the Sol Feinstone Alumni Award from St. Lawrence University which recognizes an individual who “through the devotion of his resources or personal effort, has demonstrated deep commitment to the advancement of the freedom of man.”
General Crowell is married to the former Sally Mason and they have two children and two grandsons.