Melinda Scott Krei

On Thursday, June 13th, 2019, Melinda Scott Krei passed away after a long battle with cancer. 

She is survived by her husband Ken Krei, their son Andrew Krei, and their daughter-in-law Margaret (Barr) Krei.

Born December 28, 1953, Melinda was the only child of Raymond and Hettie Scott of Scotts Hill, Tennessee.  On March 23, 1974, Melinda married Ken in Jackson, Tennessee.  She resided in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the past sixteen years, and previously in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and other places around the country.

As a lifelong teacher and educator, she was active in education policy development, curriculum issues, and resource allocation in education systems.  She received her undergraduate degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, multiple master’s degrees from University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Columbia University, New York.

Melinda was an adjunct professor at Union University, teaching classes in education policy, and advising doctoral students on dissertations.  She was also a Trustee and Board Chair of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, and a past committee member of the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee.  Also, she was a member of the President’s Council at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Her love of travel took her around the globe to many destinations where she observed new cultures and had wonderful experiences.  From Europe and Scandinavia, to Africa and Asia, she explored many countries and made friends in most every place.  

A memorial service for Melinda will be held on Saturday, June 29th, at 1:30pm, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee.  After the service, everyone is invited to a reception at 3pm, at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, the Milwaukee Art Museum, or McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

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