Aug. 11, 1938 - July 3, 2020
Dr. Louis McCraw, 81, passed away July 3, 2020 due to complications following a stroke. He was born Aug. 11, 1938 in Jackson, Miss., to Louis Henry McCraw, Sr. and Mary Virginia Wells McCraw, both deceased. 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. In addition, he received the Boy Scout's God and Country award.
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. He played the cornet starting at 9 years old, continuing through high school. In addition, he served in the 41st National Guard Army Band both in college at Ole Miss and during Medical school in Jackson.
In High school, Louis was a straight A student and was named "Most Intellectual Boy." He was also co-editor of the Annual Murrah yearbook, student conductor of the William Murrah Singers, and 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 and half years of plastic surgery. He moved to Portland in 1973.
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
Louis is survived by his beloved wife, Judy;
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' wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.