October 28, 1981
Born in Greeley, Kansas, Gregory Kratzberg attended the Kansas School for the Deaf, and his working career began as a houseparent at the Iowa School. Gregory's tenure at the Indiana School for the Deaf dated from his employment on September 1, 1945, until his well-earned retirement on June 13, 1975. Although staff leadership and supervision were his major job responsibilities, Gregory always maintained a warm, close relationship with all the students. He gave so generously of his time and vitality that his performance defied accurate description. He was a leader, a counselor, an escort, a confidante, an advisor, a benefactor, a go-between; and frequently for some, a last resort in time of dire need. Gregory's devoted service gained local, state and national recognition through his adherence to highest principles and his marked degree of sincerity,honesty, and fairness. His wholesome guiding influence touched the lives of thousands of deaf students.This extraordinary contribution is of priceless fundamental value, and infinite in its duration as it continues to pass from generation to generation.
His memory and persona continue to touch the lives of the ISD students as they develop new friendships and hone new skills in the KRC every year. In recognition of his long, faithful, and outstanding service, and as a tribute to his exceptional devotion to duty, the recreation center was named the Gregory F. Kratzberg Recreation Center.