Carroll V. Kroeger
Class of 1943
At age eighty-five Carroll V. Kroeger, who was born and raised in Trenton, wasn’t ready for a rocking chair or playing checkers. When he graduated from Trenton high school in 1943 (where he was the feature editor for the school newspaper) his ambition was to go to journalism school at the University of Missouri. But World War II intervened, he became a navy officer and his career took a different path.
Over the years he developed a national reputation in natural gas engineering and ended up in international business. He helped develop the natural gas industries in Belgium, Germany, Britain, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Upon return to the United States and moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he was asked by the Governor to help out during the 1970’s energy crisis. As head of the Tennessee Energy Office he helped develop some of the first energy conservation measures in the country. Later he became a tenured faculty member at the Belmont School of Business and took the Nashville Business Incubation Center at Tennessee State University from concept to international recognition.
In 2002 he thought he was ready to move toward retirement. He joined his wife and helped her develop a successful career in real estate where she eventually formed her own company; Magnolia Realty Company. Last year he convinced her to think about slowing down. Several people told him he should write a book about his life experiences. His lifetime dream to write emerged and he sat down at his word processor and started writing. Eight weeks later he had the manuscript completed. The first few chapters describe his life growing up in Trenton and surviving the Great Depression. He relates how his English and Latin teachers in Trenton gave him the foundation for becoming a wordsmith. A first publisher rejected the manuscript but t was accepted by the second. The press release for “Turning Points – Observations from Life in the Real World” came out in March of 2011. The book contains 266 pages, 35 chapters with a retail price of $27.95.
It is available on line from the author’s web page http://www.sbra.com/carrollkroeger or http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TurningPoints.html
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