The College community deeply mourns the passing of Daniel C. Kramer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He joined the Richmond College faculty in 1967. Author of six books and many articles in the fields of public law, American politics, and comparative politics, Professor Kramer was a frequent media commentator about politics, and active in civic and political life on Staten Island. Although he retired in 1999, Professor Kramer continued to teach and advise students until very recently. Dan devoted his life’s work to the College and to teaching many generations of students. He was also Deputy Chair of the Department for many years.
Professor Kramer held degrees from Kenyon College, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Friends remember Dan as a principled defender of civil rights and liberties. Dan possessed what one colleague called a “visceral decency.” Members of the faculty warmly recall his generous academic mentoring and the delight he took in teaching and intellectual work.
He is survived by his wife, Richenda; children, Bruce, Tamsyn, and Elspeth; his sister, Judith Greene; and five grandchildren.
The Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy and the CSI Library are assisting the Kramer family with a memorial service that will be held on Sunday, April 11 at 11:00am on the second floor of the College Library (Building 1L). The memorial presents an opportunity to recommit to the fine qualities that Dan embodied as a scholar and teacher, and to celebrate the splendid community that he helped shape through the people he touched. Please call the PEP Department for details about the memorial at 718.982.2900.
The family has established the Daniel C. Kramer Scholarship with the CSI Foundation, to which all donations in memory of Dan should be sent; for more information, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 718.982.2365.
On behalf of the CSI community, the Provost and I extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved family and friends for this profound loss.
-Tomás D. Morales, PhD and William J. Fritz, PhD