Bruce Kresge, M.D.
Albion College Graduate
Class of 1953
Bruce Kresge has occupied nearly every major leadership role on the Albion College Board of Trustees during his 29-year tenure with the board. In his pivotal role on the board’s Academic Affairs Committee, Dr. Kresge employed his insight and consensus-building skills in facilitating the adoption of Albion’s Vision for the future, LIBERAL ARTS AT WORK. He advocated for the Vision’s unanimous endorsement and championed the financial support necessary to begin the Vision’s implementation.
As a donor, Dr. Kresge, along with his wife, Peggy Sale Kresge, ’53, was visionary in creating the Bruce and Peggy Kresge Science Fellows Program, one of the College’s first programs dedicated to summer research opportunities for students. The summer of 2001 marked the sixth year students benefited from research supported by the Kresges. The Kresge family’s sincere interest in education is also evident in the establishment of the Stanley S. Kresge Endowed Professorship in Religious Studies at Albion.
After graduating from Albion College in 1953, Dr. Kresge went on to Wayne State University Medical School, where he received his M.D. degree in 1956. He then served in the U.S. Army as a medical officer before embarking on a 30-year career as a family practice physician. Along with his steady service to Albion College and a busy practice, Dr. Kresge has provided exemplary leadership as a trustee and now chair of the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. He has also been involved with his local YMCA and Camp Oakland, and he has served in many capacities within the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. All of these organizations have benefited from his balanced reasoning, generous spirit, and genuine concern for humankind.
In recognition of his many accomplishments, Dr. Kresge received an honorary doctor of science degree from Albion College in April 2001.
Source: Program from November 28, 2001, Celebrating Liberal Arts at Work program at Detroit Institute of Arts.