Webb Class of 1962 alumnus and Webb alumni parent and grandparent Dr. George M. Krisle III was is Webb School of Knoxville’s Robert Webb Service Award winner for 2019. Webb School President Michael McBrien presented Krisle with Webb’s Robert Webb Service Award at this year’s Commencement.
A cardiovascular disease specialist in Knoxville, George Krisle is a graduate of Harvard University. He later graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Susan, are parents of Spartan alumni Kevin Krisle ’90 and John Krisle ’92, and Whitney (Krisle) Bell ’97, and the proud grandparents of Bennett Bell ’30 and Blake Bell ’33. A longtime Spartan fan, attending numerous Webb sporting and school events, Krisle served on Webb’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1983, and has returned to that role on Webb’s current Board.
President McBrien noted that Krisle grew up in Forest Heights in Knoxville, just around the corner from Webb School founder, Robert Webb, and his wife, Julie; and in his younger days, Krisle sometimes mowed the Webbs’ yard. “George still remembers the day when Mr. Webb knocked on his parents’ door to encourage them to send George to Webb,” McBrien told the audience at Commencement. “His parents listened to Mr. Webb, then his father said that all his son was interested in was sports and that he never studied. Mr. Webb responded with ‘your son has unrecognized potential’ and that Webb would provide him with an exceptional education.” Krisle went on to become president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Honor Committee, played on the Spartan basketball and football teams, and graduated Valedictorian of his Class of 1962. “Like our school’s motto, he was a leader at Webb,” McBrien said.
“George loves this school more than anyone I know,” McBrien continued, and commended Krisle for his selflessness. “When he found out he was going to receive this award,” McBrien explained, “George wanted to make sure we knew that he felt the most important Webb graduates were the graduates sitting here with us today.”