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Mary Chisholm Kraus, BA'75, BEd'76

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Women's Athletic Alumnae Elfrida Berzins Award Recipient 2009

Mary Chisholm Kraus says being a part of the Mustang Women’s Volleyball team made her a better person.

“I had always been very driven and focused and while I was at Western, I learned more about relationships and realized how very important they are,” says Kraus.

Kraus completed her education and became a teacher in Markham for 33 years. She met her husband, George, while they were both teaching and they have two children. Both sons are in Manitoba, one of them coaching basketball at Brandon Manitoba University and the other on a basketball scholarship at University of Manitoba.

In the 1980’s, Kraus realized she couldn’t play volleyball as she once had and decided to get back into golf, a game she played with her father as a child. She quickly picked up the game and competed for a number of years at a high level of play. Kraus says Western also helped her learn to push herself and when she decided she wanted to be involved in the LPGA, she rose to the challenge.
Today, Kraus is retired from teaching high school, and is a LPGA member and teaching professional living in Crystal Beach, near Niagara Falls.


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