Richard G. Kraus was a professor emeritus in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Temple University.
Primarily known as an educator, Kraus taught at the University of Utah and SUNY-Cortland and headed recreation and leisure service curricula at Teachers College, Columbia, Lehman College of the City University of New York, and Temple University.
He wrote over 35 textbooks and monographs, including several widely used texts in recreation fundamentals, program planning and leadership, and therapeutic recreation.
Kraus served as a consultant to many agencies, including the Job Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity, the YWCA, and numerous colleges and public agencies.
He carried out planning studies for the cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and conducted national studies on urban recreation and parks.
Kraus received SPRE's Distinguished Fellow Award, Nash Scholar Lecture Award by AALR, and was given the National Literary Award by NRPA.
After his retirement from Temple University, he continued to teach there as an adjunct faculty member and to write professionally.