MISSOULA - Joseph R. Crowley, 91, Butte native and former president of Northern Montana College, died in Missoula on Wednesday, May 11, 2005.
His funeral Mass will be at noon Saturday at St. Patrick's in Butte. Interment will be in Holy Cross family plot.
He was the son of Margaret and Don H. Crowley, pioneer Butte residents.
Dr. Crowley received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in English literature. He earned both his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Montana.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Crowley was president of Northern Montana College in Havre for 12 years. He and his wife retired in Missoula.
He loved everything Irish and was very proud of his Irish heritage. He and his wife journeyed to Ireland several times with good friends Bob and Ann Pantzer.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bob; his wife of 60 years, Pat; his sisters; and a brother.
Survivors include his daughters, Johanna (Gus) Nash, Peggy (Jim) Seel, all of Missoula; grandson, Jim (Shelley) Nelson Bloomington, Ind.; numerous nieces and cousins; and his oldest friend from high school days, John (Smokey) O'Donnell of Billings.
Donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, P.O. Box 2805, Missoula, MT 59806, or Montana State University-Northern, formerly Northern Montana College, in Havre, in Dr. Crowley's name.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.