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Allen C. Crocker, M.D., FAAP, of Natick, Mass., died of respiratory failure after surgery for a non-malignant brain tumor on Oct. 23 at age 85.
His career was focused on developmental-behavioral pediatrics. For contributions to the health and well-being of children with disabilities, he received the AAP Arnold J. Capute Award in 2007 and the AAP Anderson Aldrich Award in 2001.
Dr. Crocker was president of the American Association of University Affiliated Programs, Society for Behavioral Pediatrics and the May Institute.
He served as associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and of society, human development and health at Harvard School of Public Health. He was senior associate in medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston from 1966-2009.
In 1967, Dr. Crocker founded the Developmental Evaluation Center at Children’s Hospital Boston and served as director until 1993. He also was program director of the Institute for Community Inclusion from 1993-2009.
Dr. Crocker is survived by his wife, three children and nine grandchildren.