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Nancy Crosson (1926 - 2014)

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“Nancy paved the way for the women and CEOs to follow."

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania lost a true leader and friend when Nancy Crosson passed away at the age of 87. Nancy became the first female Chief Executive Officer of Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter in 1987, serving until 1991. 

Throughout her 28 year Red Cross career Nancy demonstrated tremendous capabilities which, coupled with tireless energy, made her a truly outstanding leader. Her career spanned assignments as assistant executive director of Branch Management, Office of Volunteers and Youth, and included the introduction of minority initiatives through the development of a West Philadelphia Branch and special programs targeting the elderly.

“She worked tirelessly to advance the American Red Cross mission,” said Kathy Glackin, Crosson’s assistant at the Red Cross. “Whether it was recruiting blood donors and volunteers, responding to disasters or promoting health services, she was a master at communicating with the local communities and engaging their support for the American Red Cross.”  

Nancy retired in 1991, and was succeeded by A. Frank Donaghue.

Even after retiring, Nancy continued to support the mission of the American Red Cross by attending events and helping to raise money for vital Red Cross programs.

“Nancy’s legacy and impact are everywhere at our chapter,” said current American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes. “Nancy paved the way for the women and CEOs to follow. She set a high bar for all of her successors. We are so grateful for her service.”

Glackin may have summed it up best. “Nancy lived and breathed the American Red Cross. We won't see many more as dedicated as her, she will be missed.”

The viewing is Saturday February 22nd at 9:30, followed by Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. at Immaculate conception Church, 602 West Avenue, Jenkintown, PA


As per her wishes, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Southeastern PA Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to the Catholic Charities Appeal, 222 N. 17th St., Phila., PA. 19103