Julie Schoepf Crocker MD
October 5, 1927 – March 2, 2020
Julie Crocker, MD died peacefully on March 2 in Peterborough, New Hampshire, attended by family.
Julie Schoepf was born on October 5, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, to Albin K. Schoepf and Virginia G. Schoepf. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Scarsdale, New York.
In 1944, Julie graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and, in 1948, from Vassar College. Choosing to pursue a career in medicine, she was initially denied admission at medical schools, told that both her age and gender were determining factors. She instead earned her Masters in Zoology at Columbia University and was ultimately accepted to medical school at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In 1952, Julie married Augustus T. Crocker, MD. Upon her graduation from medical school, the couple moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where she completed her internship at Mary Hitchcock Hospital and her husband served as Chief of Cardiology at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont.
Dr. Crocker began her anesthesiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1954. She interrupted work when she became pregnant with her first of three sons, eventually completing her residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Attempting to balance early motherhood and her medical career, she held several part-time roles until finding a position at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts that allowed her to be in the operating room by 7 a.m. and home to meet her children after school.
In 1962, she accepted an appointment as Staff Anesthesiologist at the Lahey Clinic, where she served for nearly 10 years. In 1972, she joined the Boston Hospital for Women’s perinatal anesthesia department, and worked as an Instructor in Anesthesia for Harvard Medical School. While at BHW, she became the second female President of the New England Society of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Crocker practiced medicine, taught residents and fellows, and wrote journal articles on topics including headaches associated with spinal anesthesia, wakefulness during anesthesia, and optimal techniques for epidural anesthesia. Her role evolved with her department as the BHW merged with the Peter Bent Brigham to form Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In 1980, Drs. Julie and Augustus Crocker decided to give up their Boston-based medical practices and moved full-time to Dublin, New Hampshire. Following the move, she provided anesthesia for high-risk cases where transportation to Dartmouth or Boston was inadvisable.
As she wound down her career, Julie channeled her energies to the Garden Club of Dublin, the Peterborough Garden Club, and the Late Bloomers Garden Club and served as a judge of floral design, horticulture, and photography in the Garden Club of America and the National Garden Clubs of America. She was also active in the Town of Dublin’s Conservation Commission, focusing on Dublin Lake, where she assisted in water quality monitoring and spearheaded an effort to use hardy, native shrubs to limit erosion between the road and the lake.
After full retirement in 1985, Julie volunteered, enjoyed time with grandchildren, and played golf. During this time, she and Gus spent winters in Amelia Island, Florida, and traveled extensively. Following Gus’ death in 2001, she moved to Rivermead, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Though her health began to decline in 2014, she remained active – even golfing in the summer of 2019 with portable oxygen equipment.
Julie Schoepf Crocker was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, and her siblings, Kes, Virginia, and Luan. She leaves her three sons, Augustus Jr., Jonathan, and Christopher, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 1:00 PM on July 11th at Emmanuel Church, 8 Lehmann Way, Dublin, New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Barbara R. Duckett Scholarship Fund, Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, 312 Marlboro St., Keene NH 03431.
8 Lehmann Way
Julie Schoepf Crocker MD
April 1, 2020
Crossing the Threshold
To Chris, Augustus, and Jonathan
A Tribute to your Mother
Thornton Wilder describes that moment of passing in his play "The Long Christmas Dinner" - how family members gather over the decades to cheer, to engage in small talk, to share life’s experience. A dinner companion arises - and quietly disappears. A new person, from the next generation, enters and occupies the vacant place, taking his or her turn to engage - to disengage - to exit.
Wilder in his own special way – with microscope and telescope – captured this essence of life – this entering – and crossing of the final threshold.
And so it is that we pause to remember your mother – her sense of enjoyment - of service to others – of life lived to the fullest. Annagreta especially recalls her from the Peterborough library, how thoughtful she was.
We may not have known her as a close friend – but we knew her. We often drove to Dublin, turned left on Lake Road, parked the car, and walked along the shore. At a certain point we would pause, glance to the left, up the hill, to your parents’ home. We then continued, to the spillway at the curve in the road, turn, and saunter back, this time casting our gaze to the right, on the chance that someone might be there.
We now once again, pause – this time to express our sympathy, to share the treasure of a memory.
Glen and Annagreta Swanson
Peterborough, New Hampshire
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
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