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Beth Krise: A Life!

Posted by: Thomas Krise Date: July 15, 2015

Elizabeth Ann Bradt Krise, of The Cypress in Hilton Head Plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC, passed away on July 10, 2015 in The Preston Health Center at The Cypress. She was 87.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 1, 1928, to Carl L. and Hazel A. (Reichrath) Bradt, she was a direct descendant of one of the first Norwegian settlers in America, Albert Andriessen Bradt, who arrived in the New Netherland colony in 1634. She attended public schools in Birmingham, Michigan, until 1940, when her family moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her father was a World War I veteran and a sales executive for the Detroit Steel Products Corporation who took up a Federal civil service position in the Federal Housing Administration. Elizabeth graduated from Washington’s Sidwell Friends School in 1946, and then attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, for two years. In 1948, she married World War II veteran Edward F. Krise (1924-2003), and moved with him to Chicago, where she lived and worked as a telephone operator at Jane Addams’s Hull House and studied for an additional year at Northwestern University.

Her husband’s career as a social worker, U.S. Army officer, and university professor took her to live successively in North Dakota; New Mexico; North Carolina; Washington, DC; Texas; Maryland; Virginia; Florida; and West Germany. Elizabeth supported her husband’s work in helping establish the Army Community Service in 1965 and in founding the Defense Race Relations Institute (now the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute) in 1971.

Boating was the couple’s main recreation, and they raced their sailboats in two Newport-Bermuda Races, two Annapolis-Newport Races, the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, the Miami-Nassau Race, the Nassau Cup Race, the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Race, the Bahamas Race Week, the Block Island Race Week, and many other regattas. Elizabeth served as a U.S. Power Squadron-trained celestial navigator and sea cook on races and cruises for more than 25, 000 nautical miles of blue ocean sailing.

After her husband’s retirement after 31 years of military service at the rank of colonel in 1973, the couple spent two years in Annapolis, Maryland, before moving aboard their 40-foot ocean-racing sloop, Sandia IV, on which they sailed the Atlantic coast and the Caribbean for more than six years. They were both licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as captains of passenger vessels and operated a charter yacht service in the Virgin Islands from 1976-1981. Elizabeth served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Virgin Islands Charter Yacht League for several years.

The couple settled on Hilton Head Island in 1981; they became residents of The Cypress from 2001 until Edward Krise’s death while on a cruise in Tahiti in 2003. Elizabeth had remained at The Cypress since then, serving in various volunteer roles for the World Affairs Council, the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party, the Ranger Association, and the Military Officers Association of America, and traveling widely, including to all 50 U.S. states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and more than 90 countries and territories around the world.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia L. Kane, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; a son, Thomas W. Krise; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Love Krise, both of Tacoma, Washington. A son, Christopher E. Krise, predeceased her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Cypress Clubhouse, 4-5:30pm, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by the Island Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested to the Elizabeth Ann Bradt Krise Memorial Fund at one of these three institutions: Sidwell Friends School; Wheaton College; or the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Arrangements are being made by the Island Funeral Home and Crematory.