Dr. Kenneth C. Crawford’s passion was to teach synoptic meteorology and help students learn the processes of the atmosphere and how they control and change meteorological patterns. While Dr. Crawford never taught the measurements course at OU, he obsessed over instrumentation and observations. The success of the Oklahoma Mesonet is a testimony to his commitment to this obsession.
Dr. Crawford earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology in 1977 from OU. He worked for the National Weather Service at offices in New Orleans, Fort Worth and Slidell, La., before becoming the Meteorologist in Charge at the Norman office in 1982. In 1989, he became the Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and Professor of Meteorology at OU. During his time at OU, he taught dozens of courses, advised countless undergraduates and served on the committees of more than 80 M.S. and Ph.D. students. It was Dr. Crawford’s commitment to students that inspired the creation of this endowment fund.
Today, two awards carry on Dr. Crawford’s legacy by recognizing outstanding performance and student initiative in these two topics of meteorology. Before his passing in 2014, he expressed a desire for his fund to financially assist students who shared in his passions.