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Kenneth Kraemer ’39

Kenneth Kraemer ’39, October 29, 2003, in Portland. Kenneth commuted 10 miles daily to attend a year at Reed, before leaving to study at Harvard College. From Harvard he earned a BA in economics in 1939 and a JD in 1942. Following that, he served in the U.S. Army; half of his tour was in the South Pacific, supervising the repair of radar equipment. After the war he returned to Portland and went into private law practice, from which he retired in 1989. He married Esther Belt in 1953, and they had three children. In addition to his practice, Kenneth was a member of the Oregon State Legislature during the 1951–52 session. He also was a member of the Portland City Club, worked for the Urban League and the United Way, and enjoyed racquetball, fishing, golf, gardening, travel, and duplicate bridge. He was a life master and member of the American Contract Bridge League. His connection to Reed included his work as a volunteer for the Reed alumni association. His aunt, Carolyn Friendly ’18, was a Reed graduate. Survivors include his wife, Vera Schwabe, whom he married in 1986; his daughters and son; three grandchildren; and five stepdaughters. His first wife predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2004

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