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Captain Todd Kruder

Captain Todd Kruder ’88, USN, Retired, has no doubt that his freshman year writing course shaped his love of writing. After more than 25 years of service in the United States Navy, Captain Kruder recently published A Journey in the Fog of Depression: A Military Spouse’s Experience.

Captain Kruder is also an Alumni Achievement Award recipient. Learn more about our Alumni Achievement Awards, and submit a nomination! 

This book joins two works which address depression among military personnel and their families. Captain Kruder has also published three fictional novels including Archer: In the Shadow of Our Fathers, which uses American History as a backdrop to portray the human condition. Captain Kruder plans on releasing several more books in this series under the pen name Gerard Todd, which will use scenes from the historical background of Lewis University to guide his story.

Captain Kruder was commissioned in the United States Navy following the completion of his B.S. in Aviation Maintenance. He also earned a Master of Science in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Post Graduate School. Captain Kruder is married to his high school sweetheart, Sharon (Freelin) Kruder ’88 and they have five children: Joshua, Zachariah, Rebekah, Nathaniel, and Ethan.

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