Hans Krusa, 100, died October 1, 2014 at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC. He was born in Redwood, NY and graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where he was president of the class of 1937. He worked his way through school by taking a variety of jobs, including a stint as a radio announcer. He received his M.Sci. and PhD from New York University School of Business, and later earned a Master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After working in several managerial positions in the private sector, Hans joined the faculty at NYU in 1940. His tenure there lasted until 1968, though for a number of those years he worked abroad. He organized the first business school and faculty for the University of Lagos, Nigeria and started the MBA program at the University of Alexandria, U.A.R. After receiving his MSPH, he helped officials in India enhance their public health programs by showing them how to apply business principles in their efforts.
In 1971 Hans returned to UNC as adjunct faculty in the Kenan Flagler School of Business. He served as deputy director of the Carolina Population Center and completed projects for the Center in Kenya and Turkey. In all, his career as an educator spanned over fifty years.
In 1982, Hans and his wife Renee moved to Carol Woods. There he served on several committees, including serving as co-editor of the Carol Woods News and co-chair of the Workshop Committee. In 2013, the newly expanded craft building was named “The Krusa Craft Shop.” One of his personal projects was making walking sticks for fellow residents. He always wanted to be of help and enjoyed making people happy.
Hans is survived by son Paul Krusa (Elaine Curry, partner), daughter Joan Asplin (Tony); 6 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Renee and son Peter.
A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods Assembly Hall Oct. 11, 2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to The Peter B. Krusa Memorial Scholarship at Appalachian State University (Fund #97604) c/o Lisa Suggs ASU, Box 32060, Boone, NC 28608.
Arrangements are under the care of the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC. cremationsocietync.com