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2017 Friends Dinner

Posted 09/27/17

Robert J. Krall, second from left, is being honored for his voluntarism to West Virginia Northern Community College and the wider community at the institution’s annual dinner to be held Oct. 21 in the Education Center on the Wheeling campus. Congratulating him, from left, is WVNCC President Vicki L. Riley along with Nick Zervos, president of the Wheeling Campus Friends of the College, and Rana Spurlock, institutional advancement coordinator at Northern.A Wheeling attorney who has been a leader with the West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation for 15 years will be recognized for his service to the college and community at the institution’s annual fund-raising dinner this fall.

Robert J. Krall, president of the WVNCC Foundation Board of Trustees since 2014, will be honored at the event, sponsored by the Wheeling campus Friends of the College and the Foundation, to be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Education Center, 17th and Eoff streets downtown.

Dr Zoot, a show/dance/swing band based in Pittsburgh, will provide music and entertainment for the evening that will take attendees back to the 1920s/Gatsby era. With that theme in mind, those in attendance are sure to be served a sumptuous gourmet dinner prepared by the college’s Culinary Arts chefs and students, organizers said. Also featured will be silent and live auctions.

Dr. Vicki L. Riley, president of WVNCC, said, “I look forward to our premier event every year, and this will be a special one. I have enjoyed working with Rob Krall and it is always a pleasure to be able to greet the college’s friends and benefactors. Their support is invaluable.”  

Nick Zervos, president of the Wheeling campus Friends board who also sits on the Foundation board, said, “I have watched and appreciated Rob Krall’s special brand of leadership for many years. His low-key yet vibrantly detailed approach serves West Virginia Northern very well. Rob is highly deserving of this recognition.”

Rana Spurlock, institutional advancement coordinator at Northern, said, “We have been planning this event for months and are so pleased those in attendance will be able to honor Rob Krall, have a gourmet meal and be wowed by Dr Zoot. This will be a fun way to assist your community college.”

Krall, who grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a summa cum laude graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has been with the Wheeling law firm of Herndon, Morton, Herndon & Yaeger since 1990, becoming a partner in 1995.

He is married to Margaret “Peggy” Krall and they are the parents of an adult child, Annemarie. They are active members of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, where he is past member and president of the Parish Pastoral Council and is a current member of the Parish Finance Council.

Krall’s legal concentration is in estate planning and administration, employee benefit plans, taxation, tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, and retirement and financial planning. He is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and is a member of the bar associations in those three states as well as the American Bar Association and as the former treasurer of the Ohio County Bar Association. He was a member of the Estate Planning Council of the Upper Ohio Valley from 1992-2016, serving as council president in 2000-2001.

Along with his service to the WVNCC Foundation board, which he joined in 2002, Krall is a member of the Tri-State Tax Institute Board of Directors since 1994 and served as chairman of that board from 2002-15. He also is a founding member of the board of directors of the Ohio Valley Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Inc., for which he served as director and treasurer for many years and currently is a member of its advisory board.

Throughout the years, Krall has given numerous presentations at conferences and other events on topics ranging from estate/retirement planning to various tax issues.