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Eunice E. Kraft

Feb. 28, 1999

Eunice E. Kraft, associate professor emerita in language, died Feb. 28 in Sturgis, Mich. She was 100.

Kraft joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in 1920 and taught courses in Latin and mythology for 42 years. While she was at WMU, she was instrumental in planning the liberal arts curriculum at the University. In 1958, she was the elected the first president of the Michigan Classical Conference, a state-wide group encouraging the study and teaching of the classics. She retired in 1962 and a Latin scholarship is given in her name each year at WMU.

The first woman in the city of Sturgis to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Sorority, Kraft was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Other memberships Kraft had include life member of the WMU Alumni Association, Michigan Education Association, Retired Teachers Association and the St. Joseph County Historical Society. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and held a teaching certificate from WMU.

Services were held for Kraft March 4. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army.

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