Bill Crouch

Bill Crouch, who won a Pulitzer Prize for photography while working for The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, is dead at the age of 82. Crouch, who retired in 1984, died Saturday of cancer at his home in this Sierra Nevada foothills community about 110 miles east of San Francisco, his family said. Crouch joined the newspaper in 1941, left shortly thereafter to serve with the Marines in World War II, then returned in 1945. In 1950, he was off-duty, attending an air show at Oakland International Airport when he snapped the prize-winning picture of the near-miss of an upside-down biplane and a four-engine military aircraft. The Tribune ran his picture, and it was moved around the world by The Associated Press, which entered the shot in the Pulitzer competition that year. Crouch later won a National Press Photographer’s award and a number of local awards for his pictures. Crouch was born in Missouri and raised in Colorado before moving to Fresno to finish high school. He went to work for the AP after graduation before taking a job with the Tribune. Crouch is survived by four daughters; a brother; and four grandchildren. A private service was scheduled for Jan. 10 in Placerville.