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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, November 16, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Educator mourned by students, co-workers at Texas State By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a Loop 337 collision was a prominent New Braunfels educator who a co-worker said Tuesday ran his department at Texas State University like a family. James R. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene of the Sunday afternoon accident where another New Braunfels resident reportedly ran a stop light and collided with his Harley-Davidson. Crawford, 63, headed the physics department Texas State University, where he had worked for more than 30 years. Heather Galloway, associate dean of the honors program and a physics professor at Texas State, said students and faculty members were saddened at the news of Crawford’s passing. “We already miss him," Galloway said. “We’re remembering all the good things about him." Crawford’s favorite aspect of physics was the study of light. “He always seemed to bring a lot of light into the world,” Galloway said. “Its James R. Crawford just natural to think of liim that way.” Galloway said Crawford was beloved by a lot of students and all of the faculty at San Marcos. “It’s just a real shock. He was a really active person who was in the prime of his life in a lot of ways,” Galloway said. “He really made the department feel like a family, and that’s what we’ll really miss. It feels like a loss in your family and not just of a co-worker.” “Jim was an exceptional individual,” said I lector Flores, dean of Texas State’s College of Science. “His deep sense of professionalism, integrity and human qualities are very hard to find these days in a single individual. He has deeply touched the lives of students, faculty and staff in our college and in the university at large. We will miss him dearly.” Crawford, of New Braunfels, was killed at about 3 p.m. when his motorcycle was struck by Kim Farlow of New Braunfels. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at Loop 337 and Common Street. Farlow, 45, was cited for driving through what witnesses told police was a red light. A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Crawford joined the faculty of Texas State (then Southwest Texas State University) in 1972 as an assistant professor of physics. He rose quickly through the academic ranks and was promoted to associate professor of physics in 1976 and professor of physics in 1980.1 Ie was named acting chair of the Department of Physics in 1981 and was appointed to the position permanently in 1982. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at Texas State, Crawford was active in research, particularly in the fields of holography and holographic interferometry. I Ie received numerous research grants and authored many scholarly papers, book reviews and journal articles. Comal trustees to appoint appraisal representatives Autopsy shows architect died instantly when plane crashed By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SEGUIN—Autopsy results revealed Tuesday that architect Ken Rehler died instantly from injuries sustained Fri-day when his gyroplane crashed at New Braunfels Municipal Airport. “I Ie died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained when he was piloting MEDICARE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Many different options available for seniors Enrollment for the program began Tuesday and will continue until May 15. Benefits begin Jan. I. Late enrollment will be allowed with a monthly fee. Under the standard benefit, there is a monthly premium averaging about $32 a month and a yearly deductible of $250. The customer also will pay a portion of his or her drug costs — 25 percent — until drug spending reaches $2,250. Beneficiaries then pay all drug costs until they hit $5,100. At that point, the customer pays 5 percent of further charges. I lowever, insurers know that beneficiaries have different needs, so they are offering different options. For example, some older people would prefer a more basic, no-frills plan, with premiums far below the $32 average. Others prefer a plan with no deductible, meaning coverage starts with the first prescription purchase of the year. The typical beneficiary can expect to pay about half of what he would pay without any prescription drug coverage — about $1,100, federal officials estimate. But advocates for the elderly also point out that the benefit serves as a form of insurance, which protects seniors from dramatic increases in their dnig costs if they ever do need several prescriptions later in dieir life. Noreen Sipple, a retired teacher from New Braunfels, said the Texas Retired Teachers Associadon is not encouraging members to take part in the program. She said the asso-ciation and a family friend have said that her current benefits may be better. “I have a cousin whose son is a pharmacist, and he told me that the Medicare plan might not be best for me,” she said. Even the program’s harshest critics contend it most helps the poorest of senior citizens and the disabled. T hose who qualify for a low-income subsidy will pay about 5 percent of what their prescription drugs would normally cost without any coverage, and in some cases, they ’ll pay even less. Most people will pay less because the government is subsidizing part of the cost of their drugs. The federal government estimates it will spend about $724 billion over IO years to provide the program. an experimental aircraft," Guadalupe County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Edmun-do “Cass” Castellanos said. “I just got a copy of the report. We know now he did not have a heart attack." The autopsy was performed by Travis County Deputy Medical Examiner Elizabeth Peacock. Witnesses told police and federal investigators that LEARN MORE For more information on the Medicare discount drug program, contact: ■ Alamo Area Association on Aging 210- 362-5561 ■ Medicare 1-800-MEDICAR or ■ Access to Benefits Coalition New Braunfels resident Cecilia Natter said she and her husband, Erie, may benefit from the program because they both require many prescription medicines. “We spend about $18,000 a year on prescriptions because we don’t have a prescription drug plan,” she said. “For us, it might help.” The Associated Press contributed to this article. Rehler was Hying about 25 feet above Runway 13 at the airport when a gust of wind overturned his craft and dropped it to the ground. A gyroplane is sort of a cross between a light plane and a helicopter. While a gyroplane cannot hover, it can fly slowly on the lift created by its unpowered, free-spinning rotors as a propeller pushes it forward. A memorial service was conducted for Rehler on Tuesday afternoon in San Antonio. Rehler, 63, was a partner in the San Antonio firm of Rehler, Vaughn and Koone. The firm builds commercial and public buildings. Its projects include the New Braunfels Public Library and the New Braunfels Municipal Airport terminal. Comal Independent School District trustees will elect representatives tonight to next year’s Comal Appraisal District Board of Directors. Board members are expected to elect Gary Boldt, James Bowers and Scott Watson during the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at Mountain Valley School, 1165 Sattler Road in Canyon I,ake. The three candidates were nominated during the Sept. 28 regular board meeting and have served the previous year. Boldt is the vice president of this year’s appraisal board of directors, and Watson is secretary. 'Ute board of directors helps determine property values for WEATHER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Cooler weather expected to last through winter which is something we really need,” he said. However, this week’s cold front does signal a return to regular seasonal weather. Temperatures are expected to reach the 60s this week with the upcoming year. Roy Linnartz, CI SD special projects consultant, will discuss the lease agreement with Bulverde Community Center. The current agreement allows Rahe Bulverde Elementary to use the center’s parking lot if CISD performs maintenance. The center’s board of directors is willing to extend the lease another IO years if the district performs $6,000 in repairs to the parking lot. During executive session, the board will discuss the need to acquire more property for future development, CISD officials said. Action may be taken on this subject when the board returns to regular session. lows in the 30s. Next week, highs will be in the 70s and lows in the 40s. 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