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Steven R Crawford AHS 1970 named COO

To Ed Hendrickson Jr. AHSAA 1974 Alumnus and to the AHS Alumni Association

Letter from: Steven Riley Crawford AHS 1970 Alumnus
Grinnell, IA 50112-0790

Wed Sep 5, 2007
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Dear AHS Alumni Association,

Steven R Crawford 1970 Ames High School Alum portrait. Named COO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. 2006

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News Release
For Immediate Release

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
4215 Highway 146
P.O. Box 790
Grinnell, IA 50112-0790

Phone: 641-269-8616
Fax:  800-892-2304
E-Mail: s c r a w f o r d (at) g m r c [dot]com

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company and its Board of Directors announce that Steven R. Crawford, CPCU, has been promoted to the newly created position of Senior Vice President Reinsurance/Chief Operating Officer (COO).  As COO, Crawford becomes more involved in strategic planning and daily business activities with the President and CEO, Dan Agnew, as well as the Board of Directors.

Crawford currently serves as the senior vice president of the Reinsurance Division at Grinnell Mutual where he has been employed for over 30 years in the Reinsurance and Marketing departments.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters Inc.  Crawford currently belongs to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, and is a charter member of the Grinnell CPCU sub-chapter.

Crawford and his wife, Pat, live in Grinnell, IA and are the parents of three children. Crawford assumes his new position on January 1, 2007.


The AHS Alumni Association recieved sad news that Steven Riley Crawford passed away on May 18, 2014. I never formally met Steven, but we walked the same hallways at Ames High School only missing each other by months, Steven was very kind in his coorespondence with the AHSAA and with me. The AHSAA does not normally post obituaries, because we have 28,000 Alumni, but since Steven had previously been so kind to keep in contact with us, and I had posted the letter to the editor above, clear back in 2006, I included Steven's obituary below as he made an impact on me, as I'm sure he did with others. -- Ed Hendrickson 1974 AHS and AHSAA webmaster.

Steven Riley Crawford Obituary

April 13, 1952 - May 18, 2014

Steven R Crawford 1970 Ames High School graduate obituary photo

Steven Riley Crawford, 62, passed away at Kavanagh House on May 18, 2014. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Steven was born on April 13, 1952 to Betty (Brown) and Joe Crawford in Cedar Rapids, IA. He graduated from Iowa State University. Steve married Patricia Gennoe and the couple raised their family in Grinnell. Steven worked for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company for 35 years, as CEO, COO, and was the 7th President, until his retirement in 2012. He was a designated CPCU and ARE.

Steven was very active and enjoyed numerous hobbies and organizations. He was a member of Lutheran Church of Hope, Grinnell United Methodist Church, Cyclone Club, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Iowa State. He enjoyed traveling, downhill skiing, golf, bowling, boating, Cyclone sports, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Matt (Julia Lange) Crawford, Joe (Rachel) Crawford, and Steffanie (R.J.) Sumrall; grandchildren, Mckinley Crawford, Alana Crawford, and Jackson Sumrall; his sister, Ellen Mullen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Steven was preceded in death by his Mom and Dad.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association Research, 1730 28th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266. Condolences online may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

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