Dr. Arthur Dean Cromartie
Doctor Arthur Dean Cromartie entered peacefully into eternal rest on December 12, 2020, after suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was born in 1947, in Washington, D.C., to Helen Nisbet Cromartie and Arthur Dean Cromartie, Sr.
Doctor Cromartie graduated from Northfield Mount Herman School in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he excelled academically and also athletically in varsity wrestling and cross country. He matriculated to Davidson College and continued to be successful in the classroom, but also was comfortable in “the ring” as a varsity wrestler competing in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament, assuring him of induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Davidson College. He was honored to be initiated into Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity for his outstanding achievements in biology and science, and he also was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He quickly learned the route to nearby Queen’s College, while travelling there frequently in his Volvo to woo Mary Adeline Jeffery from Sheffield, Alabama; and Dean and Mary were married in1969.
Over the next five years, Doctor Cromartie earned both a master’s degree and a medical degree from Emory University. In 1974 he and Mary welcomed their baby boy, Jeffery. In 1975 he completed an internship at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Cromartie family then moved to Millington, Tennessee where Doctor Cromartie served as Lt. Commander in the United States Navy at the Naval Regional Medical Center. In 1978, a daughter, Carrie Helen, completed the family.
The Cromartie family moved to Hattiesburg in1980 where Doctor Cromartie became a founder of the Women's Clinic, which later was renamed the Women’s Pavilion of South Mississippi. Serving as a talented obstetrician and gynecologist, he conveyed his knowledge and skills to his many patients over the next 37 years. He was loved and respected by his medical partners, his employees, and the parents of the approximately six thousand newborns that he delivered into their world.
Doctor Cromartie served both Hattiesburg hospitals as the president of Medical Staff. Additionally, he served as president of the South Mississippi Medical Association and as a Diplomat of the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was recognized and awarded the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for his commitment to instruction and teaching future physicians. Following retirement from his medical practice, he continued to provide medical services to patients in need of gynecological care through the Hattiesburg Family Health Center which is sponsored by the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SeMRHI).
Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout in his youth, Doctor Cromartie continued supporting the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life, receiving the Silver Beaver Award in 2005 in recognition of his distinguished service. Together, he and Mary recognized many needs in their community and worked tirelessly to make a difference for others. They served on boards and in community leadership positions to give support and encouragement to local nonprofit organizations, including the Boy Scouts, the Boys and Girls Club, Christian Services, and United Way. Mary and Dean were a genuine altruistic team whose generosity made the lives of many much brighter.
After Doctor Cromartie retired from his career in medicine, he poured the same energy and dedication into helping others through the ministries of his church, Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC). He procured and delivered furniture to victims of house fires, floods, tornados, and misfortune. Following the destructive Hattiesburg tornado of 2014, he and Mary joined hands to help restore Westminster Presbyterian Church to a beautiful place of worship after it was almost totally destroyed. His service to the church was evident through the years as he held numerous leadership roles, including elder, Sunday School teacher, and choir member.
Doctor Cromartie was also a dedicated participant in the Presbyterian Cursillo movement and served in various leadership roles, including moderator, spiritual guide, and council member. His inspiration to walk closely with God was demonstrated through his devout service to Westminster Presbyterian Church and to the Mississippi Presbyterian Cursillo.
Having a special interest in the study of history, and with Winston Churchill being one of his favorite historical figures, Dean liked to quote Churchill, who said, “There is only one duty, one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
Doctor Cromartie is preceded in death by his parents and numerous mentors and friends. He is survived by his wife, Mary Adeline, known to him for 51 years as M.A.; his son, Jeffery Dean (Claire), of London, England; his daughter, Carrie Helen of Atlanta, Georgia; and grandchildren, Harrison Patrick Cromartie and Lauren Frances Cromartie.
Because of the current restrictions of COVID-19, private funeral services will be held in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church at 11:00 on Thursday morning, December 17, 2020, immediately followed by inurnment in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Columbarium. The services will be livestreamed on Facebook via the direct internet link (http:/www.westminster-hattiesburg.com <http://www.westminster-hattiesburg.com/>?/<http://www.westminster-hattiesburg.com/>? or on the Facebook link <(><https://www.facebook.com/wpchattiesburg>?<https://www.facebook.com/wpchattiesburg><https://www.facebook.com/wpchattiesburg>? .
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.