Oral Histories: Remembering the 1948 Donora Smog Incident
Department of Communications, California University
Produced in Prof. Jimmy Carter's 'COM336: Broadcast Reporting' course (Spring 2008)
Student Credits: Sean Sullivan, Ashley Zias, & Kayla Booker
Joanna Crafton Crowe, Interviewed by Dave Lonich, Ph.D.
Summary: Thousands of Donora residents were sickened during the Smog incident and at least 21 people died as a
direct result of the Smog. Mrs. Susanna Gnora was one of the victims. Her granddaughter, Joanna Crafton Crowe, was
12 years old in 1948. In this interview she discusses the painful memories of her loss of her grandmother.
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