|William "Bill" Herman Kroll|
|Date Of Birth:||October 28, 1925|
|Date Of Death:||April 27, 2012|
William "Bill" Herman Kroll, 86
October 28, 1925- April 27, 2012
Bill Kroll of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, April 27 at the
IU Health Bloomington Hospice House.
He was born in Frostburg, ,Md. to Elsie (née Lynn) and Herman
Kroll. After finishing high school, Bill joined the US Air
Force and served his country for 2 1/2 years. Upon returning
home, he attended Frostburg State Teacher's College and the
University of Maryland. He did his graduate studies at
Indiana University where he studied Audio-Visual Education.
Bill was employed for thirty-six years with IU beginning in 1955.
His hard work and good fortune took him from being a lecturer
and film supervisor, to a technical supervisor of the
broadcasting services, operations supervisor, a full professor in
Telecommunications, deputy director and finally to the Executive
Director position of the Indiana University Radio and Television
Services and General Manager of WFIU and WTIU.
In the early 1960's, Bill coordinated the construction of a
state-of-the-art facility, the Radio-TV Center on IU's Bloomington
campus, that housed one of the largest television studios between
the East and West coasts. In the late 70's, Bill shared his
expertise with the international media community: he did film work
in Tunisia, consulted in Chile, and co-directed the design of a
national educational technology program in Saudi Arabia.
Later in his career, he was instrumental in developing a
pioneering two-way audio and visual system between Indiana and
Bill contributed to over 20 television series and individual
programs which aired in Bloomington, state wide and nationally on
public television. Among those was "Doc- The Oldest Man in
the Sea," a documentary for which he was the Executive Producer
about IU swim coach James (Doc) Counsilman's record breaking
English Channel swim.
Throughout his life, Bill served on various campus and local
committees. He was an active member of First Christian Church
where he most recently served as chairman of the Property
Committee. His numerous accolades include receiving a
Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel.
In his retirement, Bill enjoyed watching IU Basketball and
Football, attending theatre events in Bloomington and in Nashville,
IN, vacationing with his family along the east coast of North
Carolina and playing pool with his "Monday Night Group".
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Mary Katherine
"Kate" (nee McClain) and three sons; Craig of West Lafayette, IN,
Kim (Lena) of Laurel, Maryland and Chris (Lisa) of Bloomington,
six grandchildren; Krista (Rob) Hunt & Brian (Nenya)
Kroll, Kandace & Kyle Kroll, and Stephen & Michelle Kroll,
five great-grandchildren; his sister, Helen Davis of
Thonotosassa, Florida, and three nieces.
A church service and a Celebration of Life are being planned
for later dates, to be announced.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church or to
WTIU or WFIU.
Allen Funeral Home 4155 South Old Highway 37 is handling the
arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family at