Billings residents Gareld and Barbara Krieg were recently named Friends of MSU Billings during a surprise announcement at MSUB’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon.
The Friend of MSU Billings award, which was added to the program in 2018, honors a non-graduate of Montana State University Billings who clearly demonstrates a commitment to the university through distinguished service or leadership, while influencing the university’s growth and improvement, and inspiring others to support MSUB. This year’s recipients were unaware of the honor until the announcement at the awards ceremony.
According to a press release from MSUB, the Kriegs are long-time advocates of education, and Barbara (Barney) Krieg is an alumna of the institution, which was then Eastern Montana College of Education. Barbara promoted literacy among women as the Montana president of PEO, a philanthropic organization motivating women, celebrating their advancement, and educating them through scholarships and other programs. She has also been active with Tumbleweed and Junior League of Billings.
Gareld Krieg believes in the expansion of science education in Billings. He served on the board of trustees for Rocky Mountain College in the 1980s, and the boards of Yellowstone Art Museum and Billings Symphony. Born and raised in Billings, Gareld practiced law at what is now Crowley Fleck, and he assisted with the merger of Billings Clinic with Deaconess Hospital in 1993.
The Kriegs were married in 1965 and had their daughter, Shelly (Krieg) Castles, who is now a physician, and son, Gary Krieg, a film producer in New York City. Their son-in-law, Dr. Carl Castles, is a professor at MSUB, and their granddaughter, Camille, studies business at the university. During the MSU Billings Foundation’s Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building campaign,
Seven other Billings locals were honored during the awards ceremony at Northern Hotel. The other honorees and award descriptions are online at msubfoundation.com/alumni-awards.