Franklin Joy Kravig

1934 - 2005

Frank Kravig , the fourth of five sons, was born on June 12, 1934, in Denver, Colorado, to Albert & Alice Kravig. He graduated from Campion Academy in 1953, where he was president of his class. From 1953-57 he attended Walla Walla College, where he met and married his wife, Alma Lushik. Although Kravig had not yet graduated from WWC, Wisconsin Academy hired him to teach piano and organ in 1957. He completed a B.Mus. at Andrews University in 1964 while teaching at WA from 1957-65.

In 1965, Kravig moved to College Place, Washington, where he taught music and German at Walla Walla Valley Academy and was adjunct voice teacher at WWC for the next four years. In 1969, following completion of an M.Mus. at Washington State University, he accepted an invitation from Canadian Union College, now Canadian University College, to serve as chair of their music department. While there, he had the opportunity to pursue a career in opera, but chose rather to continue teaching, staying at CUC until 1975.

Kravig's last position in music education was at Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, where he taught choir, voice, organ, pottery, stained glass, and other art classes from 1975 to 1987. While at GSA, he designed and rebuilt the campus sanctuary, which included a stained glass depiction of the 7-day creation week that spanned an entire wall. He completed other stained glass projects during his time in Idaho, including windows for churches in Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho, and Hermiston, Oregon.

He had a passion for pipe organs and dismantled, moved and re-engineered four organs to fit in new locations. The first of these was at Wisconsin Academy, the second two were at Canadian Union College, and the fourth is at Gem State Academy. These projects were enormous, often requiring multiple years of nights and weekends away from his family. He was also cantor and organist at St. Davidís Episcopal Church during his twelve years at GSA.

Kravig was a fine tailor who sewed costumes for plays and operettas and concert attire for his singing groups. He had a warm spot in his heart for creative neckties. He also enjoyed photography, preferring nature themes and pictures of family members holding natural objects. It became a joke that when he would take family pictures, he'd say, "here, hold this," referring to rocks, trees, airplanes, instruments, and other objects. The family spent many an evening watching slides of flowers, various vacations, campouts, and backpack trips into the Canadian Rockies and Idaho Sawtooths.

After leaving music teaching in 1987, Kravig completed a degree in accounting and then became owner and president of New Careers College of Business and Technology. It was during his time at NCCBT that the early signs of Parkinsonís disease became apparent. Even after the diagnosis, he continued his work with choral groups, directing the Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church Choir and founding the Good News Singers, a Boise-area octet that continues to this day.

Dean Kravig/ds/ 2006

Source: Biographical sketch provided by Dean Kravig and edited by Dan Shultz in 2007, personal knowledge.