Cramer, Richard Ben
and author Richard Ben Cramer, age 62, died on January 7, 2013, surrounded by his family and dear friends. He is survived by his wife Joan Katherine Cramer, his daughter, Ruby Cramer of New York City; two sisters Judith Cramer-Fendelman of New York City and Lynne (Lina) Cramer of Evanston Illinois; and two nephews Nate Cramer Durning of Knoxville, TN and Eli Fendelman of Hillsdale, NJ. He was the son of A. Robert and Blossom Cramer of Brighton. His first marriage to Carolyn White ended in divorce.
Cramer graduated from Brighton High School, Johns Hopkins and Columbia School of Journalism. Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cramer won a 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting on the Middle East.
Cramer was the author of several books, notably What It Takes and Joe DiMaggio - numerous magazine articles and documentaries. In tribute, Governor of Maryland Martin J. O'Malley stated, "Richard's work as a gifted writer and deeply principled journalist made our Republic a better place: made us a stronger more compassionate, and more understanding people. We have lost one of the best political reporters of our time".
Family requests donations in Richard Ben's honor be made to:
Johns Hopkins University
Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
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MFL Center Tower, Suite 356
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Note on check: "In memory of Richard Ben Cramer."