Dr. Louis McCraw
Dr. Louis McCraw, 81, passed away July 3, 2020 due to complications following a stroke. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi to Mary Virginia McCraw and Louis Henry McCraw, Sr. His parental grandfather was James Harrison Wells, Mississippi's first licensed Realtor. Louis was an Eagle Scout and proud member of the order of the Arrow.
Louis had a strong and passionate love of classical music from an early age. His mother was a violinist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra where he and his siblings attended rehearsals and performances regularly.
In high school, Louis was a straight A student and was named "Most Intellectual Boy." He received a four-year scholarship from the Knox Glass Bottling company and offered another scholarship from the Ole Miss School of Engineering. During his Junior year at Ole Miss, Louis changed his major to medicine and was readily admitted into the school of Medicine in Jackson, MS. He met and married his first wife in 1962 and fathered two daughters, Deirdre Hoffman of Tacoma and Bethany Wells McCraw of Portland. Upon graduation from medical school, he was accepted into internship at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He went on to Atlanta to complete his general surgery residency at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University and later returned to Duke University for three years of plastic surgery. He then moved to Temple, Texas with his family where he served as chief of Plastic Surgery at the Scott and White Clinic, a major medical center in central Texas. He next moved to Portland in 1973 where he was in private practice as a plastic surgeon more than 30 years.
In 1976 after his divorce, he moved to an apartment complex close to his tennis club in Lake Oswego and there he met the love of his life, Judy and her 10-year-old daughter, Christy. They were married one year later and have been married 43 years.
Louis and Judy participated avidly in the cultural life of Portland. Louis served on the boards of Portland Opera, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Piano International and the Oregon Symphony. He readily admits that, much as he enjoyed his professional life as a plastic surgeon, he also enjoyed participating on these cultural boards and meeting others who shared his passion for the arts.
Louis is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; his daughter Deirdre Hoffman (Jeff Pratt), Bethany McCraw and Christy Kvech Cavallini (Gian): grandfather of Taylor Anton Conrad.
Louis enjoyed a good glass of wine with friends, so please make a toast to a true southern gentleman who will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
In accordance with Louis' wished, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date.