Couple's donation a gift of devotion to Penn State, family

It’s a story about love. Love of family, love of Penn State, love of philanthropy. To honor the memory of Millie Krapf Fails (Penn State Class of 1960), Diane and Dallas Krapf recently made a legacy donation to purchase a grand piano for Penn State Great Valley’s arts and community events program.

The inspiration for the gift was made as a tribute to the passion Millie had for both education and Penn State. Dallas Krapf holds dear the lasting memories of his sister’s decades of devotion as an educator in the Downingtown School District and an ardent supporter of her alma mater. He recalls her undying support of all things Penn State and how she travelled religiously to University Park and beyond to cheer on volleyball, basketball, football and wrestling events almost every weekend. She even designed a room in her house strictly devoted to Penn State memorabilia and was a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State President’s Club.

Krapf believes his sister, who died in January 2006 of complications from lupus, would have appreciated having a gift made in her honor to a Penn State campus. “I think Millie would be very proud that she has something with her name on it at Penn State Great Valley,” Krapf said. “Penn State is such a big part of all our lives that I felt it was the right thing to do.”


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Last Updated December 12, 2012