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Dr. Douglas V. Crook, age 93, passed away peacefully at his home on September 24, 2017, in Kingston, N.H., surrounded by his loved ones.
Douglas was born on March 5, 1924, in Great Barrington, Mass., the son of Clara Spencer and Frank Crook. He was predeceased by his brothers, Norman B. Crook and Malcolm S. Crook, as well as his two sons, Stephan D. Crook and David S. Crook. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Christensen Crook of Kingston, N.H. He is also survived by his daughter, Deborah Crook Montepare and husband, John “Turk” Montepare of Breckenridge, Colo.; son, Thomas H. Crook of Groveland, Mass.; and his sister-in-law, Josette Crook of Ohio. His step-children include Shawn Christensen of Orange City, Fla., Kimberly Reuschel of Rock, W.V., Laurie Lee of Pelham, N.H., Kerri Botelho of Kingston, N.H., and Todd Christensen of Simi Valley, Calif. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Douglas Crook and wife, Alana, Spencer Crook and his partner, Laurie of Haverhilll, Mass., Jonathan Crook and wife, Jacqueline of Newton, N.H., "Monte" Montepare of California, and Jeff Montepare of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by his beloved 12 step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and six great-grandchildren.
Douglas graduated from East Providence High School with a post graduate at Mt. Hermon School. He attended Brown University before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942. He attended the University of Illinois' Pre-Medical Army Specialized Training program and also Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Ill. He graduated with his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., in 1949.
Douglas continued with a rotating internship at Minneapolis General Hospital (now Hennipin County Hospital), Minneapolis, Minn. He then returned to Groveland, Mass., to assist Elmer S. Bagnall, M.D. with his family practice for three years. Douglas spent the next 10 years in private family practice in Haverhill, Mass. In 1963 he entered a three-year residency in OBGYN at Tufts Medical School, Boston, Mass., and became board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Crook was a dedicated, accomplished and widely-respected family physician and OBGYN who delivered over 9,000 babies during his career. He was Chief of Medical Staff at The Merrimack Valley Hospital where he chaired numerous committees and by the Governor was appointed district Medical Examiner which he served for more than 20 years. As a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, he worked diligently in public relations and improvements to tax-supported medical care. Douglas was committed to civic participation and improving education and public health. He felt that he had a responsibility to initiate the plans for building the Pentucket Regional High School, and went on to chair the Pentucket Regional School Committee in West Newbury, Mass. He continued as a board member for 12 years. He also served as a member and previous chair of the Groveland Board of Health for 10 years.
He was a generous and active individual who loved hiking, alpine skiing, sailing, and gardening. He was passionate about civic involvement and community health, and was an active and dedicated member of the Groveland, Mass., Church of Christ where he served as a Moderator for the Church in Essex County and was a long-standing member of the Board of Deacons and Trustees. After retiring at the age of 70, he spent his time traveling and enjoying his time with his wife. They opened their homes in Pine Island, Fla., and Kingston, N.H., to friends, family, and beloved cats. His children and step-children remember him as a kind, patient, and wise father whose compassion, wit, and humorous irreverence encouraged them to both experience and manage their lives in an adventurous, yet matter-of-fact way.
A celebration of Doug's life is scheduled for October 21 at 11 a.m. at the Kingston Congregational Church, in Kingston, N.H., with graveside services on October 22 at 2 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Groveland, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pentucket Regional High School in care of the Douglas V. Crook Scholarship Fund, 22 Main St, West Newbury, MA 01985; or Rockingham VNA and Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833.
Published on  October 3, 2017
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