Dr. Richard Alan Krause passed away on December 30, 2020 at the age of 74.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Herbert and Beatrice Miller Krause. He attended Temple University School of Medicine; internship and residency at Emory University Hospital; Gastroenterology Fellowships at St Vincent Hospital, MA and Yale University, CT. He served the medical community for over 40 years. He leaves an epic legacy of excellence in his field.
Dr. Krause was a prominent gastroenterologist and owner of The Center for Digestive Disorders from 1977-2006; opened a private endoscopy center in 1998. Dr. Krause retired from his private practice in 2008 to follow his passion in Clinical Research, the founder and Medical Director of ClinSearch, retiring in 2018. Dr. Krause was not only a remarkable and caring provider he was a true visionary always searching for ways to help his patients. He was a speaker for many pharmaceutical companies never missing the chance to educate others. He was an early advocate for nurse practitioners (NP) hiring the first NP in this area for gastroenterology, Dr. Rebekah Corey. He hungered for knowledge always wanting to be on the cutting edge of treatments to benefit his patients. He will always be remembered as the doctor who listened and did everything to help them.
Dr. Krause was an avid traveler with a love for exotic destinations such as Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and the Galapagos.
He enjoyed weekly Boys Night Out, dinner and a movie (SyFy). Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and tennis.
He loved giving back to the community; he will be remembered for providing fun and gifts to underprivileged children at the annual ClinSearch Children’s Holiday Party and his love of Halloween.
He served on the Board of Directors at the Chattanooga Zoo, and was instrumental in bringing the Giraffes to the zoo.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Shirley Krause; brother Edward (Diane) Krause, of Ocean View, DE; sister Linda Patterson, of Marietta, GA; nephew, Jim (Jenny) Krause of Atlanta, GA; niece Kerry (Matt) Sasso, of Garnet Valley, PA; and several great nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law, Pam Kiser of Knoxville, TN; and his cherished Westies, Sophie and Sebastian.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Memorial ICU Doctors and Nurses for all their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Chattanooga Zoo at www.chattzoo.org.
Due to the national Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort to the family.
Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dr. Richard Alan Krause, please visit our floral store.