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Valpo Remembers

Leonard Alan Kraft

Spring/Summer 2017

Professor Leonard Alan Kraft, 69, died Aug. 4, 2016, in Valparaiso, Ind. He was born July 2, 1947, in Gary, Ind., to Thelma Sharpe and Leonard E. Kraft.

Professor Kraft earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue University, he began his teaching career at Valparaiso University. Professor Kraft taught at Valpo until his death — a teaching career which spanned 31 years. While at Valpo, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering and also served as the ROTC coordinator.

During his tenure at Valpo, he taught several courses, including computer networking, linear circuit analysis, and engineering economics. Among his research interests were power system protection, network administration, and electro-mechanical devices.

In his personal life, he enjoyed applying his technical knowledge to various hobbies such as ham radio. He was a member of the John Purdue Club and Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portage, Ind.

Professor Kraft is survived by his wife, Renee Turek, and his daughter