Crane, Augustus W., 1868-1937
Augustus Warren Crane was born on November 15, 1868, in Adrian, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1894. He came to Kalamazoo that same year and founded a small medical practice that would become the oldest clinical radiology practice in the United States. Augustus was an internationally-acknowledged pioneer in radiology, and received a Gold Medal from the Radiological Society of North America in 1921. He was a member of the London Roentgen Society, and president of the American Roentgen Society in 1916. Augustus was the first consulting bacteriologist for the City of Kalamazoo in 1895. Augustus was the first to suggest cancer could be treated by radiology, and made the first X-rays of the colon. Augustus died on February 23, 1937. He was cremated and is interred at White Chapel Crematorium.