Robert “Bob” Kraay

A memorial has been established for Robert “Bob” Kraay, 93, of Colfax, who passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Mr. Kraay was born May 18, 1922, in Highland, Indiana and lived his life exemplifying The First Tee’s Core Values as he served others. He had a lifelong love of golf, beginning as a caddie at the age of nine and eventually becoming a single-digit player.

Bob graduated from Hammond (Indiana) High School in 1939. He attended Purdue University receiving his bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He received his master of science in industrial management from MIT. Following graduation, he attended U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at Northwestern University and became the radar maintenance officer on the USS Astoria.

In 1945, Bob met the love of his life, Pearl Santefort, and they were married in Long Beach, CA. Pearl and Bob enjoyed an exciting life together. Their twenty-six moves allowed them to personally experience much of our country while making many friends. They were fond of playing golf and did so literally from coast to coast. They also traveled widely throughout the world.

After service in the Navy, in 1946 he joined Western Electric, the manufacturing and supply unit of AT&T, and progressed rapidly through the ranks to become a Vice President at the company. During his professional career, Mr. Kraay was awarded five patents. He retired in 1985 when he and Pearl returned to Greensboro.

While in North Carolina, he was active in many civic, educational and arts organizations, including membership on the Boards of Trustees of North Carolina A & T State University, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina State University School of Engineering, the Boards of Directors of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Greensboro Opera.

Our thanks to Mrs. Kraay, and the family, for allowing Bob’s legacy to live on in the young people that benefit from so much from a life based on incredible generosity and a spirit of helping others.

Charlie Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund

charliemillerCharlie Miller, co-founder of Miller Hatcher, Inc., was a long time resident of Winston-Salem and an avid and accomplished golfer on many, if not all, of the Triad’s courses. He lived his life in accordance with the Nine Core Values of The First Tee program. Charlie and his wife Catherine were members of Maple Chase Golf and Country Club where they enjoyed countless hours together. He was a frequent “A Player” on numerous annual golf tournaments for local charitable causes.

Upon the loss of Charlie, friends have contributed to the creation of the Charlie Miller Scholarship Fund for The First Tee of the Triad, so that other youth may grow in character through the game of golf. Your donations are graciously welcomed. To donate, click here and click ‘Donate’.