Noted attorney Rex Carr and dedicated educator/coach Richard “R.J.” Krause, who recently passed away, leave a legacy of personal achievement and service that deserves our commendation and gratitude. This letter is written to pay tribute to this admirable duo, with whom I had worked closely over the years.
In later years, I became an administrator and university professor but I am still a classroom teacher in my heart. As a member of our teachers’ union negotiating team, I remember that it was Carr, our mostly pro bono lawyer, who taught us how to negotiate. He taught us how to examine School District 189 financial records to find money for raises and better working conditions, even when school board members and administrators cried “broke.”
Teachers of today are enjoying some of the benefits that Carr and our teams fiercely demanded and got. He was a mighty counselor and ally. I also worked with Rex in community endeavors, such as the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He sponsored two of our community workshops.
Krause and I deeply admired each other for our community work. He was a star educator and coach. Our paths crossed often and we kept in touch. I treasure the many photos that we took together and the newsletters that he often sent me. He was a jewel for the children of East St. Louis. He used his own funds and talent to make life better for our children.
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I extend sympathy of the highest order to the Carr and Krause families.
Katie H. Wright
East St. Louis