Edward Fisher Krise
Colonel, United States Army
Edward Fisher Krise, 79, an Army Colonel and social service administrator who retired in 1973 as chief of race relations for U.S. Army Europe, died of complications from an intestinal infection December 4, 2003, in Papeete, Tahiti, while on a cruise.
Colonel Krise was born in Detroit and grew up in Washington, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942. After a semester at Brown University, he enlisted in the Army, serving as a tank driver during the North African campaign of World War II, then fighting with the Rangers from Sicily to Anzio in Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Anzio and spent 14 months in Germany until he escaped in April 1945.
After the war, he returned to Brown, graduating in 1948. He received a master's degree and a doctorate from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
He was North Dakota's assistant director of youth services briefly, then resumed his active duty career in 1951 as a Medical Service Corps officer. He helped establish Army Community Services, and he worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and across the nation. In 1963 and 1964, he was an adviser in Vietnam.
In 1970, he was appointed the founding commandant of the Defense Race Relations Institute, now the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. He was twice awarded the Legion of Merit for his service to race relations.
Colonel Krise became a professor and associate dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
In 1975, he retired again and moved his family aboard his 40-foot sloop, spending nearly two years sailing in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. In 1977, he and his wife began a charter yacht business in the U.S. Virgin Islands that lasted four years. Since 1982, he and his wife had lived on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Colonel Krise was past president of the World War II Ranger Battalions Association.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Ann Bradt Krise of Hilton Head Island; and two children, Patricia Lynn Krise Kane of Gaithersburg and Thomas Warren Krise of Colorado Springs.
Edward Fisher Krise, 79, of The Cypress at Hilton Head Plantation, died from complications from an intestinal infection on December 4, 2003, in Papeete, Tahiti.
A retired Army Colonel, he was born in Detroit and grew up in Washington, D.C.
After spending a semester at Brown University, he enlisted in the Army for World War II, serving in the North African campaign, then as one of the founding members of the 3rd Ranger Battalion. He fought with the Rangers throughout the Italian campaign, from Sicily to Anzio, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star medal with "V" for valor, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He was taken prisoner during the Battle of Anzio and spent 14 months as a prisoner of war in Germany until he escaped in April 1945.
After the war, he returned to Brown, completing his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1948. He also earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
As an Army officer, he served in the Medical Service Corps, helping found the Army Community Services and advising the Vietnamese army. He was the founding commandant of the Defense Race Relations Institute, now the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. He retired in 1973 as chief of race relations for U.S. Army Europe.
After his retirement from the Army, Colonel Krise was professor and associate dean at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He also operated a charter yacht business in the Virgin Islands. He and his wife moved to Hilton Head Island in 1982.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Ann Bradt Krise of Hilton Head; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Krise Kane of Gaithersburg, Maryland.; and a son, Thomas Warren Krise of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Edward Krise.
Burial services will be held December 30, 2003, at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Army Medical Department
Museum, P.O. Box 340244, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas 78234.
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