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Blair Lyle Krakowski Scholarship Endowment

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Blair Lyle Krakowski graduated from UNCG, then known as Woman’s College, in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She later earned a degree in library science at UNC Chapel Hill in 1947. After completing her degree, Mrs. Krakowski accepted a position with the library at West Virginia University, where she met her husband Paul Krakowski. She continued her career at Marshall University and the Carnegie Library.

During her remarkable life, she worked for the FBI as a decoder during World War II. In the 1960s, she and her late husband, Paul, lived in Thailand as a Fulbright family. Blair was an active volunteer for her church and community, teaching English to internationals for Prism, teaching children to read for Christian Literary Associates, and serving in the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry.

In 2000, Mrs. Krakowski published “A Farang from Virginia: Letters from Thailand,” a book about her experiences in Bangkok. Mrs. Krakowski was grateful for her education and hoped her scholarship will give needy students with the desire to learn the opportunity to receive a college degree.

Blair Krakowski passed away in April 2014.

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