About Professor CroomProfessor Croom was born Warren James Croom, Jr. on August 6, 1950 in Norfolk, VA. He is the son of Lois Allen Croom (born, Norfolk, VA) and Warren J. Croom, Sr. (born, Elton, LA). Dr. Croom is half Cajun and was raised in the bayou community of Marrero, LA. He completed high school at West Jefferson High, Harvey, LA in 1968. Dr. Croom spent one year at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and completed his BS in Animal Husbandry at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972. During his matriculation at Mizzou, he served for two years as a Personnel Assistant in the Housing Office as well as working as an undergraduate Research Assistant in the UM School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Physiology. Upon graduation from Missouri, Croom began graduate studies at the University of Illinois in the Department of Dairy Science as a Research Assistant. During that time he was seconded to the Department of Developmental Biology for training in Cytology. His MS research focused on cellular alterations in the mammary gland during lactogenesis. After completion of his MS, Croom was then awarded an NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Nutritional Sciences. His doctoral research emphasized the relationship between gut function and mammary gland metabolism within the context of the low-fat syndrome in dairy cows. All of Dr. Croom's graduate research was supervised by the eminent scientist, Dale Bauman, now of Cornell University.
Professor Croom has worked at NC State University since 1978. His research has emphasized regulation of the gastrointestinal tract exocrine secretion and absorption. During his career at NCSU, Dr. Croom has trained 8 Ph.D. students and 7 MS students.
Professor Croom has been married to the former Mary Jo Weitz of Morris, IL since 1975 and they have three children, Warren III, Ashley Elizabeth (deceased-age 9) and Blythe Anne.