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Dr. Sharon Crandell died unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2017. Sharon was raised in Terre Haute, Ind., where she graduated from Wiley High School. She graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1970, then went on to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Virtually all of her 35 year career as a neonatologist was at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. In addition to her clinical work, Sharon served for many years as the director of the Neonatal ICU, as well as director of the transport team. Her greatest pride and impact was in her work as program director of the UT Pediatric Residency Program from 1988 - 2008.
In her career she cared for hundreds of the most vulnerable neonates, and was gratified to see them prosper and grow. Throughout her life, Sharon also was a passionate lover and patron of the arts. She was an active volunteer with the Houston Ballet Guild and the Houston Grand Opera Guild.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Josephine Crandell.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Jane Orkand (Steven); nephew, David Orkand; niece, Rachel Orkand (Brett Myers); great-niece and nephew Willa and Oliver Myers; and many dear cousins, friends, and former colleagues and students.
Sharon was buried next to her parents at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. Palmer Episcopal Church, 1221 Main Street, Houston. The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship Program or the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, which supports brain cancer research and pediatric health initiatives in Houston.
Published on October 26, 2017
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