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Richard M. Krause, Class of 1947

Medical Scientist

Richard M. Krause

The son of long-time Marietta College chemistry professor E.L. Krause, Richard M. Krause was literally born into the Marietta College community from which he graduated in 1947. After earning his M.D. degree at Case-Western Reserve University, Krause embarked on a distinguished career in medical education and biomedical research. He was on the faculty with the rank of professor at New York's Rockefeller University and at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1975 Krause was appointed Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. During his nine-year tenure, he made two-star rank of Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Health Service, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for his distinguished achievement in biomedical research, and was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Responding to the emergence of the AIDS epidemic, Krause organized field studies in Haiti and Zaire in search for the origin of the virus. In 1984, he was named Dean of the Emory University School of Medicine where he also held the University’s title of Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Medicine.

In 1989, Krause returned to the National Institute of Health as Senior Scientific Advisor in Maryland's Fogarty International Center, where he remains actively involved in international health issues such as AIDS and emerging infectious diseases. The recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors, including an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Marietta College in 1978, Krause is the author of more than 150 scientific publications. He served his Alma Mater as an active trustee, from 1979-2001, and thereafter as Emeritus Trustee.