Death of Former Mason President Robert Krug Announced

Posted: November 1, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Charles Krug
Charles Krug
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Robert Charles Krug, president of George Mason University 1977-78, passed away in Irvington, Va., on Oct. 29. He was 88.

Krug came to George Mason College in 1965, and during his tenure prior to becoming president served in a number of key academic positions that included dean of the college, dean of the faculty and graduate school, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Richmond native became Mason’s third president following the resignation of Vergil Dykstra. While president, Krug proved to be an effective lobbyist for funds from the Virginia General Assembly and was responsible for acquiring the university’s first computers.

“Bob Krug was a true gentleman and scholar. I met him soon after coming to Mason,” says President Alan Merten. “Over the years he was a great source of ideas and encouragement. He was a true builder of George Mason University.”

Krug’s academic expertise was in chemistry. During World War II, he pursued research that led to improving the fuel efficiency of aviation fuel. As a research chemist for Atlantic Richfield in Philadelphia, he was granted a patent for “Desulfurization of Hydrocarbons with Boron Phosphate-Alumina Catalyst.”

Krug’s first position in higher education was in 1949 as a professor of chemistry at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. The following year, he joined the faculty of Virginia Tech where he later became chairman of the chemistry department and was the first recipient of the W.E. Wine Award for excellence in teaching. He remained at Virginia Tech for 15 years.

In 1980, Mason’s Board of Visitors honored Krug by naming one of the institution’s original buildings after him.

Krug earned his BS degree from the University of Richmond, his graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate from Ohio State University.

Krug’s “first lady,” Kathryn, preceded him in death earlier this year. They had been married 64 years. He is survived by his daughter, Robyn Quaid, his son, Charles, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Abingdon Episcopal Church in White Marsh, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kilmarnock Lancaster Rescue Squad in Irvington.

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