April 20, 2009

The late Lt. Col. Eric J. Kruger was remembered on campus in November.

On November 9, 2008, family and friends gathered in the Laura Bush Promenade outside Fondren Library Center to dedicate a plaque in honor of SMU alumnus Lt. Col. Eric J. Kruger, 40, of Garland, Texas, who was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 2, 2006. Kruger was on his third military tour of duty when he died as a result of injuries caused by the detonation of an improvised explosive device near his vehicle. Kruger earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a Master’s degree in liberal arts in 2002. At SMU, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Army ROTC program. A graduate of the Army’s elite Rangers School, Kruger served at the Pentagon, in Korea and with special forces in Afghanistan. He volunteered to go to Iraq to serve as the deputy commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colorado, where he started his career as an officer. Among his survivors are wife Sara and their four children. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.