July 30, 2009
Lees-McRae honors Roy and Marion Krege with Alumni Service Award

Roy and Marion Krege, honorary alumni of the class of 1981, were presented with the Lees-McRae College Alumni Service Award during the annual Alumni Frolic Week Banquet on Friday, July 17. The Kreges, who reside in Banner Elk, were honored for their overwhelming contributions of time and talent to Lees-McRae College and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre.

The Kreges have served Lees-McRae in countless ways since their coming to Banner Elk in 1968. Roy and Marion, since retiring from Grandfather Home for Children and Crossnore School respectively, have volunteered numerous hours in the local community and at Lees-McRae College.

Roy, sometimes better known as "Mr. Woolly Worm," volunteers his famous voice during events including the Banner Elk 4th of July Parade and Party in the Park, Woolly Worm Festival, square dances for civic and community organizations, Banner Elk's Free Concerts in the Park and auctions for various charities and organizations. Roy is a retired principal of Grandfather Academy and retired associate director from Grandfather Home for Children.

Roy and Marion both serve Lees-McRae Summer Theatre in a variety of ways. Between the two of them, they manage the concessions and will call at every performance of the season, manage the front of house at every performance, they sell each advertisement that appears in the playbill for Summer Theatre and the list goes on. If you ask a member of the cast and crew of Summer Theatre, perhaps the Kreges are best known for the exceptional home cooking.

"I have never seen two people more devoted to service for others than Roy and Marion Krege. Their selfless energy is apparent in everything they do. It has been my great pleasure to be their friend for more than thirty years," said Janet Barton Speer, artistic director for Lees-McRae Summer Theatre. "I have enjoyed the 'class' they bring to Summer Theatre as our hosts, and I continue to be amazed at their ability to be ten places at once! Banner Elk and Lees-McRae are lucky indeed that the Kreges made the High Country their home. "

Devoted grandparents of nine, Roy and Marion also have a family full of Lees-McRae Bobcats. Each of their children attended and graduated from Lees-McRae - Kim Krege Florio in 1990, Dwayne Krege in 1992, Michelle Krege Burnop in 1997, and daughter-in-law Kelley Corriher Krege in 1997.

"If there is a couple in Avery County that is more widely known and respected than anyone else, it has to be Roy and Marion Krege," said Lees-McRae Alumni Director Sandy Ramsey.

To learn more about alumni awards at Lees-McRae, to see past recipients of the awards, or to nominate a deserving alumus/na for an award, visit

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