Grasty Crews II, 75, an Arlington lawyer who retired in the late 1970s as general counsel of the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, died of pneumonia Dec. 12 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.
Mr. Crews spent about two years with the committee. Before that, he spent about four years as general counsel of the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention of the Executive Office of the President.
In the early 1970s, he was counsel to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. He was on the staff of the House's Office of Legislative Counsel for about 12 years beginning in 1958, and helped draft legislation, including the Truth in Lending Act of 1968.
Mr. Crews, an Arlington resident, was a native of Danville, Va. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria and the University of Virginia law school. He served in the Marine Corps in 1945 and 1946.
In retirement, he had a private practice in Arlington, specializing in wills and estates. He also was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Arlington, serving on the vestry and as senior warden. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and various civic organizations.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Pauline Heermance Crews of Arlington; two sons, John II, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Peter Thornton Crews of Falls Church; and five grandchildren.