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Krampf Family Scholarship honors loyal Sooner

OU Foundation (Priority Newsletter)

Patsy Krampf
Patsy Krampf

The Krampf Family Endowed Scholarship in the College of Earth and Energy not only will help students get an education, it will also serve as a lasting tribute to a loyal OU alumna from the men in her life. Patsy Krampf, who died in 2009 after a sudden and brief battle with cancer, was wife, mother and grandmother to three generations of OU students in energy-related fields. The scholarship was created with a $100,000 gift to the OU Foundation from her husband Theodore (Ted) Krampf Jr., a 1960 graduate in geological engineering.

Crimson and cream were Patsy Krampf’s favorite colors. Even her beloved Boston terrier, Daisy, sported appropriate OU togs on football game weekends. Although both Krampfs were OU graduates—Patsy in 1958 with a degree in early childhood education—they did not meet until after graduation, when each had taken a job in Midland, Texas. The first thing Patsy noticed about Ted was the OU sticker on his car. It was love at first sight.

Ted’s job with Occidental Petroleum took the couple around the world, from Midland to Libya, Bartlesville to Tulsa. After Ted retired in 1991, they returned to Norman to be near their beloved Sooners, eventually buying a house within walking distance of the stadium. The couple’s sons, Michael and Theodore III (Trey), both graduated from OU in petroleum engineering in1988 and 1986 respectively. Michael’s son Eric is now an OU freshman in the College of Earth and Energy.

In addition to attending OU sporting events, Patsy was active in P.E.O., Pi Beta Phi Alumni, Ex Librus, Daughters of the American Revolution and Old Regime. Her hobbies included playing bridge, decorating and being a gracious hostess in her west campus neighborhood, where her sweet-mint tea, spontaneous gifts of fresh flowers and deep laugh continue to be missed.

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