Former Faculty Member Krueger Passes Away

David Krueger, who served on the Arkansas Tech University faculty for a half-century and later received the institution’s highest honor with induction into the ATU Hall of Distinction, died on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at Humphrey Chapel, 2801 W. Main St. in Russellville. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the beginning of the services on Friday.

Krueger graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in history.

He arrived at Arkansas Tech in 1960 and was greeted by a community of less than 1,400 students on a campus that was merely a decade removed from being a junior college.

“The career I had at Arkansas Tech was magnificent and I enjoyed it from the time I first came over,” said Krueger. “I wasn’t that familiar with where Russellville was, but I had heard of Arkansas Tech. I went to Memphis State, and Memphis State played Arkansas Tech in a football game. They beat Tech 18-6. Nobody could kick an extra point.”

During his half-century at Arkansas Tech, Krueger served under four presidents (Joseph W. Hull, Dr. George L. B. Pratt, Dr. Kenneth Kersh and Dr. Robert C. Brown) and he saw the name of the school change from Arkansas Polytechnic College to Arkansas Tech University.

By the time Krueger retired in 2010, he had seen enrollment at Arkansas Tech increase by more than 500 percent.

One of just three individuals to serve on the ATU faculty for 50 or more years, Krueger was voted professor of the year by the Arkansas Tech student body four times. He was the recipient of the first Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence in teaching in 1996.

Arkansas Tech recognized Krueger’s contributions to the university in 2011 when the annual David W. Krueger History Symposium and Lecture Series was established in his honor and again in 2015 when he received the honorary title of professor emeritus of history from the Tech Board of Trustees.

“David served the university and the history department for 50 years, and in that time he became one of the most respected and beloved figures in the history of the institution,” wrote Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech, in one of the letters supporting Krueger’s nomination for emeritus status in 2015. “He is remembered fondly by several generations of students. In my 20 years at Tech, I have never heard anyone say an unkind word about David Krueger, and I have never heard him say an unkind word about anyone else. If anyone ever deserved emeritus status, that person is David Krueger.”

Krueger was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 2016.

“I wasn’t here very long before I realized that the great strength Arkansas Tech has is its student body,” said Krueger. “I would put that student body up against any student body anywhere in the United States as far as being able to cooperate with the faculty. You go in there and you tell them what you want…you make it clear what you expect them to do…and you’ll never have any problems with them.”

Krueger’s link to Arkansas Tech history was spelled out in a 2004 interview with Tech Action magazine, at which time he recalled his first faculty meeting in 1960.

“It was the first of September, and classes were scheduled to begin in the middle of that month,” said Krueger. “This was one of many meetings we had to prepare for the school year, and the entire Tech faculty was there.

“Dr. Hull liked for us to sing at those meetings,” continued Krueger, “and at this particular meeting Dr. (John) Wainright led the faculty in a singing of ‘The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood.’ When we got to the chorus, the entire administration would pick it up. I can remember John Tucker standing up and belting it out.”


  1. Carey Roberts says:

    At 10:26 a.m. ET on May 5, 2010, then Congressman John Boozman honored Prof. Krueger on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.


    David was an incredible colleague to many historians at Arkansas Tech and touched the lives of countless people .

  2. Casandra Short says:

    David Krueger was an amazing man. I had the pleasure of being in his history class. He amazed me with all he knew and the fact that he would fill up the chalkboard with notes yet rarely brought a book to class.
    Great man ~

  3. Aaron Johnson says:

    Just an awesome teacher and person. It was an honor to be taught by a true historian that defines what a the world was and what it could be.
    He impacted my life and all that knew him.
    Thanks for all your devotion and dedication you will be sadly missed.

  4. Earle Raum says:

    David Krueger was an great teacher to us all. But I will always remember him as my tennis team coach from 1964 to 1967. He took a group of 6 boys all over the AIC in his own car. He a one of kind and I will never forget him.

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