Jacqueline (Larsen) Krabill '51

Jackie (Larsen) Miller Krabill was a cheerleader during her college days, volunteering her energy and her voice as a positive force rooting for the home team. Little has changed over the past 50 years…except her ability to jump up and land in a split.  She remains one of Hiram's outstanding volunteer cheerleaders, a lady whose wit and motivational ways endear her to all.

Jackie received her B.A. in sociology from Hiram in 1945 and her teaching credentials from Kent State University in 1969. In 1970, she began her teaching career and for 25 yeas Jackie gave her love and devotion to children with learning disabilities in the Wadsworth City School System.

Jackie is the glue that has held together the Class of 1951. For years, she served as the Class scribe, providing pithy notes for the Hiram Magazine. In one issue, she announced her marriage to Mac Krabill by writing:

“Phase three of my life finds life is for the birds. Now married to an avid waterfowl hunter and trap shooter, I have hung up my skis and replaced them with a shotgun. Mac and I sit in the rain, snow, and wind, and occasional sunshine waiting for a duck or goose to come flying by.”

In her usual style, Jackie plunged into Ducks Unlimited and mastered the sport of trapshooting. She became so proficient that she won several major competitions.

Jackie's volunteer activities for Hiram College and her local community are non-stop. Over the years, she has volunteered for the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, the United Church of Christ, and the Ohio State Trapshooting Association.

The Alumni Executive Board received the benefit of her enthusiasm and service from 1994 to 1997. The Women's Council for Hiram College likewise has received her assistance on many projects.

And the Hiram athletic department has benefited from her adoption of the baseball team. Jackie is the proud mother of a Hiram graduate, Sue (Miller) Kaufman, Hiram Class of 1975, whose two sons are now Hiram alumni. Jackie and Mac have been on hand to personally cheer these two fine Hiram baseball players, both at home and away games. During spring training trips to Florida, it is the Krabill family who bring parents and alumni together in the Ft. Myers area to form the cheerleading squad and after-game picnics.

Every five years, Jackie helps to round up the Class of 1951 for its reunion. It is not by chance that her reunion class always has a large and proud attendance and spirit to be relished and enjoyed.

While she would give her credit to others on the committee, there is no question that Jackie is a tie that binds the enthusiastic group together.

Jackie (Larsen) Krabill does not serve her college or her community out of need for praise or recognition. She views her involvement as a rewarding and positive force supporting her family, friends and alma mater.

For these reasons, Hiram College chose to recognize her with the 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award.

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