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Carl Krehbiel, supporter of German Summer Language Institute

Carl Krehbiel, a longtime support of KU and international education, died last month at his home in San Francisco, Calif. Carl Krehbiel’s foresight in establishing a scholarship fund for the two KU summer language institutes in Eutin and Holzkirchen enables approximately 20 students each year to study abroad in Germany.

Krehbiel attended the German Summer Language Institute in Holzkirchen in the summer of 1968. He viewed that summer in Germany as transformative for his entire life. It was his desire to provide that kind of experience for succeeding generations of students at KU that led to his establishment of the scholarship fund in 2011, said German Professor William Keel said.

“Today’s world requires students to gain perspective by living and studying abroad. Without the generosity of alumni such as Carl Krehbiel, fewer students would be able to add this essential experience to their education,” said Marc Greenberg, director, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The scholarships generated by his gift cover essentially the entire program fee for the two months in Germany meaning that students only need to pay for their tuition and airfare to participate in these programs. Their travel, meals, lodging and cultural activities while in Germany are covered by these scholarships. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” Keel said.

Ayla McClure reaped the benefits of the scholarship and the time abroad. "My time with the German Summer Language Institute was an unparalleled experience. Mr. Krehbiel's generous contribution to my studies allowed me to take my language study beyond Lawrence, and build connections within Germany. I sampled traditional cuisine, enjoyed music and arts, toured history, and most importantly- gained cultural perspective by building interpersonal relationships with the German people and my KU peers," she said.

Krehbiel graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 from KU with a dual degree in Germanic languages and literature and international relations. An ROTC participant, he studied abroad his senior year. He also studied at the University of Southern California, where he earned his master’s degree and doctorate, and at Munich University as an Olmsted Scholar. Krehbiel also funded construction of the Floyd H. and Kathryn Krehbiel Scholarship Hall at KU, which opened in 2008, honoring his parents.


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