Jonathan Michael Crider, 37, an engineer specializing in submarine electric propulsion systems, died on March 4, 2022, at his home in Waterford, CT, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Ellen, his children, Evan, 6 and Charlotte, 5; his parents, Judy and Dana Crider; and brothers Phil and Andy. He is preceded in death by his beloved sister, Bonnie.
Jonathan was born on March 12, 1984, in Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. He was raised there and attended the Woodstock International School, where he played basketball, the trumpet, and enjoyed hiking and camping in the mountains with classmates. He was a well-loved class leader and exceptional student. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He pursued graduate studies at Purdue University, earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Jonathan worked as an engineer for the General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation, where he led teams working on electric motor design of submarines for the U.S. Navy. He was highly respected within the Electric Boat engineering community and developed a reputation as the resident expert for all things related to electric propulsion. Jonathan's greatest joy was his family. He loved teaching his children about their natural world on weekend hikes, and he dearly loved Ellen, whom he said made him a better person.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on March 12 at Harkness Chapel on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in remembrance of Jonathan be made to The Cancer Research Institute at give.cancerresearch.org.