Memorial Tribute: Floyd E. Crowder
National Council Member and Distinguished Alumnus
Floyd E. Crowder, AB ’55 and JD ’57, a fervent supporter of WashULaw, passed away May 18, 2017. He was 84.
A member of the Law School National Council and recipient of WashULaw’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, Crowder’s generosity is evident through his naming gift for the Floyd and Judith Crowder Courtyard. The support of Crowder and his wife, Judith, led to the creation of this centralized open space in Anheuser-Busch Hall in 1997. The courtyard was enclosed in 2008, and today has become the heart of the Law School.
Throughout his career, Crowder maintained a warm spot in his heart for his alma mater. He and Judith (Easton) were married in 1969 in Graham Chapel. Among their gifts to the school, the couple were longtime supporters of student scholarships. Crowder also served WashULaw as part of the Building on Strength Campaign Committee from 1999 to 2004.
“Floyd Crowder was a distinguished member of our Law School community, inspiring others with his generosity and commitment to our school,” said Dean Nancy Staudt, the Howard and Caroline Cayne Professor of Law. “He and Judith are beloved members of our WashULaw family, and his leadership and friendship will be truly missed.”
Crowder’s career began with three years in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate, for which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He then entered private practice, joining Walker & Williams in East St. Louis. Three years later, he established his own general practice in Columbia, Illinois, which grew into Crowder & Scroggins, Ltd., where he served as chairman.
Throughout his professional career, Crowder was committed to public service. He was a Special Assistant Attorney General of Illinois from 1969 until 1983 and State’s Attorney for Monroe County, Illinois, from 1964 to 1968 and again in 1976. He also has served as City Attorney in Waterloo, Illinois.
A former president of the Monroe County and the St. Clair County Bar Associations, Crowder was a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Active in community and philanthropic activities, he was president of the Sophia and Elmer Oerter Charitable Foundation, the Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation, and the Crowder Family Foundation.
In addition to Judith, he is survived by four daughters, Carolyn, Joy, Michelle, and Andrea; one son, John; and 14 grandchildren. The couple’s daughter, Andrea Crowder Khoury, JD ’98, is an accomplished WashULaw alumna.
Funeral services were private. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation, 10010 Kennerly Road., St. Louis, MO 63128, or the American Heart Association, 460 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63141.