George Crawford had a long legacy of service. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in 1937. He earned BS, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. George served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a First Lieutenant. His book, Three Crawford Brothers: The WWII Memoirs of Three Pilots, documents this service. George completed his military service hungry to make a positive impact in the world through social causes and environmental justice work.
For decades, he served the Northhaven United Methodist Church. He is well-known for his work on air pollution issues. His professional experience included teaching at Clemson University, the UT Department of Petroleum Engineering, and SMU. He also headed the physics branch of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine where he sent research into space in the Discoverer Rocket series beginning in 1959. George served on numerous boards, including the General Board of Christian Social Concerns of the United Methodist Church and the Texas Committee on Natural Resources. He co-founded and was first chair of the Population Institute of Washington DC.
He had a lifelong commitment to world peace and nuclear disarmament, women's rights, gay rights, human rights, and clean air and water. George was firm in both his faith and his work as a scientist.