Kathryn D. Cramer Ph.D.
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Cramer, Kathryn D. Ph.D Kathryn D. Cramer, Ph.D (October 19, 1947-July 13, 2016) died from complications of cancer, following a vibrant life devoted to showing the way for working and living with optimism, resilience and confidence. Creator of and inspired advocate for Asset-Based Thinking, Kathy was a widely admired author, speaker, business consultant and executive coach, who founded The Cramer Institute, a St. Louis-based leadership development consultancy. Working as an advisor to top business and organization leaders, Dr. Kathy Cramer also authored nine books, including the best-selling ¢IºChange the Way You See Everything through Asset-Based Thinking ¢/Iºand was an in-demand speaker across the US. She died at Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her husband and business partner John Davis, family and close friends. Born in St. Louis to the late Adeline and James Joseph Cramer, and pre-deceased by brothers Dan and Jimmy, she is survived by nephews Jamie Cramer of St. Louis, Andy Cramer of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, niece Ali Cramer of Reno, NV, by step children Adam Davis and Emily Davis of Bartlesville, OK, and by cousins Mary Helen Garrison of Chicago, IL, Jack Krings of St. Louis and Rita Mundy of Hershey, PA. A graduate of Villa Duchesne High School with a Ph.D. in psychology from St. Louis University, Kathy founded the Stress Center at St. Louis University prior to founding The Cramer Institute. At the time of her death, Kathy was board chair of Barat Academy, a board member of COCA (Center of Creative Arts) and Central Institute for the Deaf, and she was on the Advisory Board of the St. Louis University John Cook School of Business. Kathy lighted up every room she entered and will be deeply missed by family, friends, community colleagues, and clients, who all learned so much from her that changed their outlooks and lives forever. Services: A Service to celebrate her life and her impact will be held in the Chapel at Villa Duchesne, 801 S. Spoede Rd,. Frontenac on Monday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family will receive friends at THE LUPTON CHAPEL, 7233 Delmar Blvd., University City on Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Contributions in lieu of flowers gratefully accepted at Barat Academy, 17815 Wild Horse Creek Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005; COCA, 524 Trinity, St. Louis, MO 63130; and Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 South Taylor, St. Louis, MO 63110. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL



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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Jul. 15 to Jul. 17, 2016.
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August 1, 2016
Sus ideas fueron muy valiosos para el mundo desde una perspectiva positiva, encontrando siempre la manera para crecer. Inspiró a muchos miembros de Executive Forums, aquellos que la leímos y compartimos sus ideas, para ser mejores y más felices.
Alberto Rigail
July 30, 2016
So sorry to learn of Kathy's passing . I learned so much from her. Deepest sympathy to John and her family.
Graham Fisher
July 30, 2016
My sincerest sympathies to John. John, I'm so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Kathy's family.
Peggy Stonum
July 27, 2016
I mourn the loss of a great and inspiring leader. I pray for her family to find peace in their hearts to cope with their sorrow and sadness.

Martha Smith, South Bend, Indiana
July 27, 2016
From the moment I met Kathy my life was better. She had the same impact on the lives of our members. Her Asset Based Thinking was not just optimism, but did "Change The Way We See Everything". We believe she is being rewarded with a place in heaven, plus will forever be remembered for her impactful message. My prayer is that more of the world would live as Kathy taught us and our human race would be better. Missed but never forgotten!!!
Tony Hutti
July 26, 2016
Some think the world should change, others think that they can change the world, Kathy was the rare individual who personified the change she sought to see more of in the world. She was and will be one of my favorite people. Godspeed, Kathy
Jim Canfield
July 24, 2016
I just learned this very sad news. I worked with Kathy at Peabody and she was such a remarkable, lovely and thoughtful woman. My deepest condolences to the family.
Meg Gallagher
July 20, 2016
Like so many people said, I will never forget meeting Kathy. That sparkle and spirit. I immediately wanted to get to know her better. Kathy was a mentor, teacher, project partner, source of inspiration and friend. Her wisdom and words ring in my ear so often that it is like she is right there. I repeat them all the time. I know this is true for so many people. And, there are the little things... like the notes I have that she made while mapping out ideas for clients... one pencil drawn 4x4 grid after another... they're works of art. Truly. Her ideas were brilliant (she was a well) and her penmanship artful and perfect. The celebration of Kathy's impact (so well named) was beautiful. Phil Woodmore's musical direction gave us chills. Kathy's family shared stories that were so Kathy and gave us a glimpse into a side of Kathy that she cherished. John, what you shared of your relationship was not only moving but instructive... about a life well lived (and well loved). Judy and Peggy, the comments you shared were heart warming. I am sending my condolences to John, to Kathy's family, to her partners at TCI and to all who love Kathy.
Beth Chesterton
July 19, 2016
I had the pleasure to work with Kathy at St. Louis University. She was such a glowing personality. So sad that someone so young and energetic left this life way too soon.
Deborah Brookshire
July 18, 2016
Kathy was a trailblazer and an inspiration to women. Peace to her family and friends during this difficult time.
Jennifer Oertli
July 18, 2016
ABT-You Knock My Socks Off!!
I have learned so much about leadership, asset-based thinking and how to be a great executive coach. Kathy's legacy already has more than 1,000-points of light!!! Her funeral was a beautiful celebration of her life!
Joyce Schaefer
July 18, 2016
I am honored to have had work experiences with Kathy at St. Louis University Medical Center. I grew because of her support and passions for doing the right thing. John, my thoughts and payers are with you.
Jeff Bensky
July 18, 2016
I've known Kathy since about 1980 when we were both psychologists working to build the roles of our field in health and health care. I imagine we would have disagreed about almost anything we discussed theoretically but none of that mattered -- her caring and light always shined and her devotion to making the world better was profound. She found her niche, embraced it, and set us all an example of living with purpose and joy.
Ed Fisher, Ph.D.
July 18, 2016
Truly an honor to have known Kathy and to see the inspiration you have had on those around you.
Lisa Breen
July 17, 2016
Oh my God. I am reeling from the news of her death. My comfort in this moment lies in the memory of me calling her 3 mos ago-as I approached my 65th birthday to tell her.... That she was for me in this lifetime the person who had the biggest positive impact on my life. How grateful I am to have had that moment.
Meg Haycraft
July 17, 2016
It's so hard to believe someone as passionate and so vibrant as Kathy has left us. Her passion to make a difference that she shared through her books and speaking made a difference. Kathy you are and will be missed. Beth Chesterton thank you for introducing me to Kathy.
Karen Hoffman
July 16, 2016
My heart is heavy. Kathy most certainly left her mark on this earth. I'm grateful to have met her.
Gina Borchert
July 16, 2016
Thank you for making a positive difference in this world.
Steve Bohnenkamp
July 15, 2016
Prayers for a special person whose light shone brightly on earth and will shine even brighter in heaven.
July 15, 2016
I'm shocked and very sad. I will miss Kathy's brilliant spirited insights and her natural charm.
Ann Ross
July 15, 2016
Kathryn was a unique and powerful creative force. She was a successful entrepreneur and consultant long before women did that. She maintained her credibility and her impact on her field until the day she died. She will be missed by the many people who benefited from her wise counsel and powerful training programs and books. My prayers and thoughts are with John and Judy.
Pat Martocci
July 15, 2016
John, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
Randy Abbott
July 15, 2016
I treasure every memory of my time with Kathy. She was a wonderful friend, amazing coach and a treasured source of wisdom,strength and inspiration. My deepest sympathies are with you all.
Geralynn Lord
July 15, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill and Lynne Cannon
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