His former students say Harold Crawford had a major impact on them at the high school, undergraduate and graduate school levels. A retired vo-ag teacher, Denny Berry, says, "I've known Dr. Crawford since the fall of 1961 when I was a freshman at Sac City Community High School. He shaped my vision of agricultural education, which became my life-long career. He was a leader of the Iowa and the National Vocational Education Teachers Associations."
Berry continues, "Many of Harold's students excelled as leaders at the state and national levels. I was privileged to be his last high school FFA president. Under his guidance, I was also fortunate to major in ag education at the same time he transitioned to become a professor at Iowa State University. Harold's philosophy and teaching style inspired me to become a better teacher."
Crawford taught his students how to solve practical problems and apply what they learned. "We operated an 80-acre FFA chapter farm on the edge of town," says Berry. "Harold managed the Sac City Market Hog Show that was a big success and well-known regionally. We were involved in FFA leadership contests, including public speaking, parliamentary procedure and chapter programs. His classes were always well-planned, challenging and interesting."