When Marilyn Crane came to Creighton and St. Joseph Hospital, John F. Kennedy was president, you could purchase a home for $18,000 and mail a letter for $.04, and a dozen eggs cost more than a gallon of gas. The year was 1962.
At that time, Crane served as a staff medical technologist. In 1968, she became the education coordinator for the Creighton/St. Joseph Hospital Medical Technology program and directed the medical technology program until it closed in 1988. She then became an educational coordinator for School of Medicine – a place she still calls home today.
Few employees of Creighton, or most any company, can boast a 50 year career with one organization. That’s why it seemed only fitting that Crane be recognized for her 50 years of dedicated service in a celebration at the School of Medicine on June 25.
Those who know Crane best agree that in her quiet, unassuming way, she has made a difference in the lives of students for five decades. She goes out of her way to make students feel comfortable and has the most caring, giving nature.
Crane’s extraordinary dedication to the teaching mission of the medical school was recognized in 2003 through the establishment of the Marilyn M. Crane Endowed Scholarship for medical students. She is a three-time recipient of the School of Medicine’s Golden Apple Award. She also received a School of Medicine Distinguished Service and Dedication Award, as well as the University’s St. Ignatius Award, which honors faculty and staff who embody the Ignatian values of justice, education, compassion and peace.
After 50 years of dedicated service, Marilyn Crane does exactly that!