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Robert M. Crowder III, a retired senior executive in the U.S. Courts office in Washington, D.C., who grew up in Salt Lake City, died August 26, 1994 at his sister's home on Cape Cod. He was 45. The cause of death was AIDS.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, October 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Red Butte Gardens.Mr. Crowder retired last year after nearly two decades with three federal agencies, most recently the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

Born January 14, 1949 in Richland, Washington, he graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, attended the University of Notre Dame, and earned a BA in English literature from the University of Utah in 1972. He graduated magna cum laude.

He moved to Washington, D.C., after graduation and studied for his master's degree in library sciences at the University of Maryland, which he received in 1975. During that time, he worked in the library at Georgetown University.

Mr. Crowder went to work for the National Bureau of Standards in 2975, and five years later joined the Office of Personnel Management. He moved to the U.S. Courts in 1983, and in a decade there, rose to the position of chief of the evaluation and assessment division.

Mr. Crowder was active as a gay men's peer counselor for the mental health department at Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington.'

The family suggests that donations in his name be made to the AIDS Foundation at the Walker Clinic, 1407 "S" Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20009.

A memorial service for friends and colleagues in Washington is scheduled for September 24, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave., in Washington.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy C. Crowder, and a sister, Elizabeth E. Crowder, both of Salt Lake City, and another sister, Nancy C. Roberts of Dover, Mass.

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