Marjorie Eloise Lund Crump

Obituary: Marjorie Eloise Lund Crump, 89, of Trumbull


The lovely and beloved Marjorie Eloise Lund Crump died of natural causes at her home in Trumbull, Connecticut, on April 1, 2014, age 89-1/2, surrounded by her husband and family. She is survived by Ralph E. Crump, her husband of 66 years; her daughter Constance S. Crump and spouse Peter Najar of Colorado, her sons S. Scott and his wife Lisa of Minnesota, and Craig D. and his wife Ellen of Minnesota; her grandchildren Sydney W., Michael R., and Rachel R.; and her brother James L. Lund of California. Born in Long Beach, California, to Hazel E. and Louis G. Lund, she spent her first 38 years in southern Calif., where she was active as President of the Long Beach Junior League; a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and graduated from UCLA in 1946; worked as a licensed case manager for the Los Angeles County Dept. of Social Welfare; and was involved in many activities while living in the growing communities of Reseda and Granada Hills. Marjorie and Ralph married in 1948 in Westwood, Calif. After moving to Trumbull with their young children in 1962, Marjorie and Ralph started the manufacturing company Frigitronics Inc. to launch the field of cryosurgery. Over time, their bold partnership also helped revolutionize other industries, such as, reverse osmosis, bar coding, and 3-d printing, investing in each industry at its infancy and remaining stalwart supporters through the often difficult and risky challenges of growth. Also, believing in young people, she served as a substitute teacher for the Trumbull School system. By nature an artist and humanitarian, she believed strongly that one person can make a difference for the better. She endowed UCLA’s Marjorie L. Crump Chair in Social Welfare; held office as Regent for Fairfield’s Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR); and has offered her generosity and help to many in the community. She co-authored four books with her husband on the pioneer history of pre-Civil War Bleeding Kansas, based on journals written by her great-grandmother, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Her talents and accomplishments included championship angling, hunting, gardening, needlepoint, mountain climbing, and art. She loved travel, books, and beauty in all forms. Marjorie will be missed by all who knew her intelligence and fair, gracious, generous ways; she will remain in our hearts forever as an example of a life well lived. A private service was held on Friday, April 11. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Marjorie L. Crump Memorial Fund, Trumbull Social Services, 23 Priscilla Place, Trumbull, Connecticut 06611.

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