It is with deep regret that I have to record the sudden death on March 15th, 1940, of Dr. J. H. Crane, M.B.E., who had been Medical Superintendent of Rushden House Sanatorium for 19 years. Dr. Crane made Rushden House his life’s work to which he was unfailingly devoted. He has left behind him not only a concept and tradition, namely the sympathetic treatment of tuberculosis by modern methods at Rushden, but also a well designed group of buildings which we hope will survive the present holocaust as a memorial to his endeavours. Many greater men would have been content to have left less; it has been given to few men to bequeath as much to the public service.
As regards Dr. Crane’s personal qualities, all who had the privilege of knowing him will for long retain memories of his ready Irish wit and the kindly individual interest he took in each of his patients.
Obituary in the Rushden Echo & Argus