Anne Crowe, assistant director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, dies of cancer at age 48

Oct. 14, 2015, 11:56 p.m.
(Courtesy of Stanford Medicine News Center)
(Courtesy of Stanford Medicine News Center)

Anne Glenister Crowe, assistant director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, died of cancer on Oct. 2 at age 48. A memorial service that is open to all members of the Stanford community will be held on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Church.

At Stanford, where she started in 2007, Crowe was in charge of finance, grant administration, human resources and facilities at the Center for Biomedical Ethics. She was passionate about her work, and in 2014, she was awarded the Stanford School of Medicine’s Spirit Award.

Crowe was devoted to her job at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, said David Magnus Ph.D. ’93, the director of the Center and the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, in an article in the Stanford Medicine Magazine.

“Anne Crowe loved working for Stanford,” Magnus said. “She was completely dedicated to serving the mission of the medical center in any way she could. Her commitment and unwavering support for faculty and staff, and her willingness to tackle any challenge, no matter how great or small, made her a beloved figure.”

Prior to Stanford, Crowe worked at UC Berkeley, and before that, received degrees from UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Francisco.

Aside from her job, Crowe also loved to travel and visited places in Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

“She was our big globetrotter,” said Julia Glenister, Crowe’s sister-in-law.

Glenister added that before entering hospice care, Crowe visited Tahiti with her husband.

“It was one of her bucket-list destinations,” she said.

Family was also very important to Crowe, and she was responsible for planning family holiday gatherings. Crowe combined her love of family and traveling by attending a family reunion in England with 100 other members of the Glenister family.

“She was the center of our family,” Glenister said. “She was the only sister, and nearly the youngest.”

Crowe is survived by her husband, Roderic Crowe; her mother, Jill Glenister; her father, John Glenister; her stepmother, Lisa Glenister; and her brothers, Peter, Chris, Rodney, David, Mark and Brian Glenister.


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