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Dr. Henry W. Crittenden

Dr. Henry William (Bill) Crittenden, 95, Indianapolis, formerly of Bradenton, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis.
Born on July 7, 1916, in Burton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Burt D. and Virginia Killius Crittenden.
He graduated from Burton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from Kent State University, a Master of Science degree in ecology from Ohio State University and had begun work on his doctorate when World War II intervened. While in the Army, he worked at the medical laboratory at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Ohio State University to continue working on his Ph.D. in plant pathology. In 1949, he joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Delaware, where he taught a variety of classes and mentored numerous graduate students. His belief that pesticides and herbicides were a threat to people led him to breed disease- and pest-resistant crops and the development of new varieties and he developed many varieties of soybeans.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, the former Lois Lang.
Survivors include a daughter, Celeste Pechette of Indianapolis; a son, Jim Crittenden of Grand Junction, Colo.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation: Monday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Heidelberg United Methodist Church south of Corydon.
Funeral: Monday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. at the church with burial in Heidelberg Cemetery. Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon is handling local arrangements.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Employee Appreciation Fund, The Forum at the Crossing Healthcare Center, 8505 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46240.