CRAWLEY, Rex, a Steubenville, OH, native was born April 30, 1964, to James and Marie Crawley and the only brother of two sisters Helen Crawley Austin and Sylvia Crawley Milbry.
On Monday morning, November 25, 2013 Rex went home after fighting the good fight as a result of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 49 years old.
Rex proudly promoted his Steubenville heritage, he gave back through his work as church administrator at Greater Zion Temple Pentecostal Church.
On June 12, 2004, Rex married the love of his life, the former Daria Kirby and from that union they have two sons, Xavier and Vaughan. A family man through and through, Rex enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends.
Crawley was an outstanding professor and inspiring mentor whose impact extended far beyond Robert Morris University’s campus in Moon Township. As co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program he ran in conjunction with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Crawley had a profound and lasting impact on hundreds of young men throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Most recently, Crawley was the endowed chair and executive director of the Uzuri Think Tank, a research center dedicated to identifying the factors shared by successful African American men and developing models of success for others to follow.
“Rex was a dear friend and colleague who will be missed greatly, as he was such an integral part of the RMU family and served in so many important roles at Robert Morris. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo.
Crawley grew up on Sherman Ave. in Steubenville. He attended Garfield Elementary and Grant Middle schools, and was a drummer in the Steubenville Big Red High School marching band. At Ohio University he joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and was also a resident assistant and later resident director.
“This is a huge loss to the RMU community. Rex will be mourned by everyone, at every level of the university,” said Barbara Levine, current dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems. “We all benefited much from his wisdom, professionalism, and guidance.”
Visitation for Crawley will take place from 3-8 p.m. Friday, November 29, at the Triumph Baptist Church at 1293 Mt. Nebo Road, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15237; and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 30, at the Calvary Church at 225 North Fifth St., Steubenville, OH, 43952.
A funeral service will begin at noon at Calvary Pentecostal Church with Bishop Roy C. Dawkins officiating. A campus memorial service is still being planned.
Arrangements by Vinson House of Mortuary.