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Kramer, Douglas Age 74, loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away December 28, 2010 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after a long illness. Born June 11, 1936 in Chicago, Mr. Kramer was a 45 year resident of Winnetka, Illinois at the time of his death. His life was characterized by great personal courage, a wonderful sense of humor, and deep abiding love for his family. Mr. Kramer knew and lived by the meaning of a handshake and he never met a stranger. Mr. Kramer leaves a rich, lasting legacy to his family and to his community. Mr. Kramer was the Chairman of Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, based in Chicago. One of the country's oldest and most successful real estate firms, the company was founded in 1893 by his grandfather, Adolph F. Kramer and by Arthur W. Draper. He was preceded in death by his father, Ferdinand Kramer in 2002 and by his mother, Stephanie Shambaugh Kramer, in 1973. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn McClatchey Kramer, children: Kathryn S. Walley (Dale), Valerie S. Kramer (Carlos Garcia), Michele S. Kramer (Patrick Dawson), and Kara M. Kramer; sister Barbara K. Bailey; brother Anthony F. Kramer; grandchildren: Jacob A. Walley, Meredith R. Walley, Conner B. Walley, Samuel F. Garcia-Kramer, Eleanor J. Dawson; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Kramer's time with Draper and Kramer began in 1958 after many boyhood summers leasing apartments. Mr. Kramer became a Director in 1964, appointed President in 1972 and Chairman of the Board in 1995. With more than 50 years service he led Draper and Kramer in all facets of the business including property and asset management, development and numerous partnerships sponsored by Draper and Kramer. He broadened the company's vision and interests well beyond property management into local, national, and international commercial real estate development. Mr. Kramer served as the long term Chairman and Director of Slough Estates, USA. He was on the Board of Slough Estates, plc,. Slough, England since 1981 and retired after 25 years as Director. In addition, Mr. Kramer served on the Boards of Tipperary Corporation, independent oil and gas production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He served on the board of Kirke-Van Orsdel, Inc., an insurance brokerage business in Des Moines, Iowa. He was former Chairman of River Oaks Bank and Trust, River Oaks, Illinois. Mr. Kramer was involved in a variety of civic organizations. He was a member of the Chicago Crime Commission since 1973 and served as its' Chairman from 2001-2005 and Vice Chairman since 2005; a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; The Hull House Association; and The Institute for Hearing and Speech. Mr. Kramer was a member of The Chicago Club; The Standard Club and the Lambda Alpha International - Chicago. Mr. Kramer was a member of Lake Shore Golf and C.C, Glencoe, Illinois and Jupiter Hills, Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kramer had a long standing love of golf and truly enjoyed fishing from Canada to Central America. Mr. Kramer received his education at North Shore Country Day, Winnetka, Illinois, Westminster School, Simsbury Connecticut and Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California. He was a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Illinois. Memorial Service, January 21, 2011, Friday 2:00 p.m. at The Standard Club, 322 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, valet parking available. The family asks in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to one of his favorite charities: The Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Care Center Attn: Dr. Leo Gordon Northwestern Memorial Hospital 675 N. St. Clair St. Chicago, IL 60611 or The Chicago Crime Commission, P. O. Box 8021 Chicago, Illinois 60680-8021 or Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1999 Dempster Street Park Ridge IL. 60068. Info: 847 675- 1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.



Published in Chicago Sun-Times from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9, 2011
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