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HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT, STANLEY KRAUS DIES
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The man for whom
Slippery Rock University’s Kraus Hall is named, a recipient
of an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university and a
generous donor to The Rock, Stanley Kraus died Aug. 27 in a Boca
Raton, Fla., hospital. Originally from New Castle, he had most
recently made his home in Florida. He was 81.
learning of his death, Interim President Robert Smith said,
"Slippery Rock University has lost one of its greatest friends. Mr.
Kraus was a gentleman and a leader in every way. He always
appreciated the work ethic of students, faculty and staff. Although
not a Rock graduate, he was a longtime University benefactor
contributing more than $1 million, and I am sure his ideals and the
impact of his charitable giving will continue to positively
influence Slippery Rock University."
living in western Pennsylvania, Mr. Kraus was a leader in real
estate development in nearby New Castle. He was also active in
university affairs, including service as a member of the board of
directors of the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., and as
a member of the President's Advisory Council. He was presented an
honorary doctor of laws degree at the university’s 1996
December commencement ceremonies in recognition of his outstanding
leadership both on campus and in the region. In receiving the
award, Mr. Kraus said, “The more I learn about Slippery Rock
University, the more I have come to appreciate its leadership and
its students. It is a great place to live, to work and to
addition, he was a recipient of the Eberly Medal for Philanthropy
from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for his
generous contributions to Slippery Rock University. Mr.
Kraus’ support of the university reflected his fondness for
is known today as Kraus Hall was originally built as a student
apartment building and later turned over to the university as part
of his real estate development projects. Most recently, he gifted
property in Sharon, Pa., that was converted to cash in support of
"The Campaign for Slippery Rock University," the university's
current capital campaign. An earlier real estate gift continues to
provide funds for five annual SRU scholarships.
leaders from throughout the New Castle area praised his honesty and
dedication in a front-page news story detailing his life carried in
the April 29 edition of The New Castle News.
others, he leaves his wife, the former Marilyn Denbert, two
daughters, Lisa McCaskey of New Castle Merry Beth Kowalczyk of
Chicago; a son, Dr. Eric Kraus of Greensboro, N.C.; and nine
grandchildren. Services were held in Boca Raton.