C. Deans Crystle came to Franklin & Marshall College from Nether Providence H.S. in Wallingford, Pa. Having contracted paralytic polio in his early childhood, which required a back and leg brace during his growing up years, Deans was unable to participate in high school athletics, which he dearly loved. Upon entering F&M, new challenges were presented and the competitive fires began to burn once again. Physically more mature and having learned to compensate for his inoperative left leg, Crystle tried out for coach George McGuinness' varsity swimming team. He was welcomed and quickly made his mark in the Fackenthal Swimming Pool as one of the mentally and physically toughest swimmers to represent the College.
Utilizing his upper body strength, Crystle swam the freestyle, butterfly, and freestyle relay events. During his F&M career, the team got progressively better and achieved a winning season his senior year when he was named co-captain. During the spring, Crystle joined the men's lacrosse club as a goalkeeper, one of the most demanding positions on the team. He was instrumental in helping to move lacrosse from club to varsity status following his junior year. He was named MVP of the team following his junior season and captain his senior year. In addition to participating on two varsity teams, he was also involved in many campus activities. He was president of the Black Pyramid Senior Honor Society, a member of Phi Psi fraternity, a dormitory counselor, and secretary of the senior class.
He also found time to achieve a 3.7 grade point average and was named Phi Beta Kappa. However, Crystle's greatest honors would come at the end of his senior year when he was named F&M's "Outstanding Senior Athlete" and Williamson Medalist, given annually at commencement to the outstanding student in the graduating class. Crystle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania medical school, did residencies at Ohio State and the National Institute of Health before accepting academic appointments at Ohio State, Georgetown, Penn State, and he National Institute of Health.
He returned to Lancaster in 1974 to begin private practice in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Recently, he has traveled to the Mid-East to teach and consult at the Nazareth Hospital in Nazareth, Israel. He has also been active with many community organizations and has been a member of the F&M Lancaster County Alumni Association.