Children: Robert W. McCrum

Douglas S. McCrum worked at the Saranac Laboratory and lived at 174 Park Avenue. He and his wife moved to Florida sometime before 1954.

The following quotes are from "They Rebuild Men" by Eleanor Dayton. Partial transcription from a partial photocopy, page 10, source unknown, apparently 1941.

"They're the staff of the Saranac Laboratory. Desiring to take their place in the world despite the handicap of tuberculosis, they have become research workers, whose honest and often spectacular attainments are internationally known.

"They are quietly at work on the research problem of tuberculosis and of silicosis and other dust diseases. They are quietly proving, also, though they're unaware of it, that Saranac Lake is an A-No. 1 spot for rehabilitation of the patient.

"They've all had tuberculosis. They're united in their interest in its care and cure. Not doctors of medicine, they all see in laboratory work a way of further defeating a disease which each day, through their efforts, grows less formidable.

"They're largely self-taught, though as one learns his profession, he gives his help to the next. . . .

"D. S. McCrum was a patient here for many years, occupying himself in part by making lovely ship models. That skill is now being used in making three-dimentional lungs, complete with tuberculosis or silicosis, for Dr. Gardner. They are the best models he has ever seen, Dr. Gardner says, despite the fact that before Mr. McCrum joined the lab staff he had never seen a lung nor used a microscope. He is also in charge of photo-micrographs for publications, and makes lantern slides for teaching purposes. . . .

"Dr. Gardner pointed out that it was one of the pet theories of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, founder of the laboratory, that a place should be provided for medical and research men to work while getting back on their feet after a bout with tuberculosis.

"The laboratory is that place, and in helping to direct the lives of many, it has added a great deal to the scientific knowledge of tuberculosis and other subjects." #