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Dr. Robert Allen Crandall, D.D.S. MONTPELIER — Dr. Robert A. Crandall died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 8, 2020. Dr. Crandall was born on April 26, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert G. Crandall and Violet H. Crandall. His parents and grandparents, Charles T. and Lillian A. Crandall, formerly of Berlin, Vermont, moved to suburban Philadelphia to work in the family medical publishing business. Dr. Crandall received his education in Philadelphia and was graduated from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1943. Afterward, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Captain in the Dental Corps for three years. He was stationed at Camp Wheeler in Georgia and then with the 5th Army in North Africa and Italy. When he was discharged from the Army, he joined his uncle’s dental practice in Philadelphia. On Sept. 14, 1946, he married Joyce H. Hoober from New Holland, Pennsylvania, and established his own dental practice in Paradise, Pennsylvania, in 1950. Over the ensuing years, he was an active member of the Leacock Presbyterian Church, the Lions Club and the Lancaster County Dental Society. He rose to become a Master of the Christiana Lodge of Masons and was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner. During this period, his wife gave birth to three children, Jeffrey A. Crandall, a dental specialist in Burlington, Vermont, Craig H. Crandall, a professional translator in Zurich, Switzerland, and Paige E. Crandall, a dosimetrist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In 1974, Dr. Crandall finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Vermonter when an opportunity arose for him to join the dental clinic of Dr. Leonard Friedman in Northfield, Vermont. Dr. Crandall subsequently established his own private practice in a house on Central Street in Northfield, where he spent many happy days until his wife, Joyce, passed away in 1984. He subsequently met his beloved new wife and life partner, Elfriede Richardson. They were married on Oct. 24, 1987. During his time in Northfield, he was an active member of the Northfield Rotary Club and the Northfield United Church. Dr. Crandall retired after 50 years in the dental profession. He and Elfriede enjoyed the summer months at his cottage on the south end of Berlin Pond, Vermont, and spent winters at their condominium on Siesta Key, Florida. In 1998, they became year-round residents at Freedom Drive, Montpelier, Vermont. As a member of the Berlin Congregational Church, Dr. Crandall served as a choir singer and bell ringer on Sunday mornings. He rounded out his career serving as a “newspaper boy” delivering the Montpelier Times Argus to the offices of the Vermont Governor, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer and other public administration employees. Dr. Crandall had a sister, Norma, married to Mr. Jack Taylor (both deceased), who lived on Winch Hill, Northfield, Vermont. In addition to his wife and three children, he is survived by seven grandchildren, Tyler, Erin, Drew, Colin, Joyce, Lucas and Evan; and four great-grandchildren, Savannah, Isabel, Emma and Millo. There will be a service in his memory scheduled this summer. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Berlin Congregational Church located at 1808 Scott Hill Road, Berlin, VT 05602.

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