In Memoriam: AAFS Past President David A. Crown, DCrim

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David A. Crown, DCrim, 88, Retired Fellow in the Questioned Documents Section, passed away on December 5, 2016.  Dr. Crown served as the 25th President of AAFS in 1974-75, and as the 16th president of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE).

Dr. Crown held a Bachelor of Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY, as well as a Master of Criminology and a Doctor of Criminology from the University of California, Berkeley.  He held Adjunct Professor positions with the Antioch School of Law and the American University in Washington, DC, as well as other teaching positions at The George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Chabot College.  He was the author of the book, The Forensic Examination of Paints and Pigments,as well as numerous journal articles and professional papers.

Dr. Crown served as Chief of the Questioned Documents Laboratory, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC; Director of the Questioned Documents Staff Department of State, Washington, DC; and, Assistant Director, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Laboratory, San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Crown served as the Chairman of the AAFS Questioned Document Section. In 1973 and 1975, Dr. Crown received Awards of Merit from the AAFS.  He served as Chairman of the Questioned Document Subcommittee of the American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM) and the Vice Chairman of the Forensic Science Committee of the ASTM.  He served as a trustee of the Forensic Sciences Foundation.  He was Assistant Editor of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and also served on the JFS Editorial Board.  Dr. Crown was also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, the Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, and he was a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.

In 2010, Dr. Crown was awarded the Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence for his many contributions to the ASQDE and the profession as a whole.

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