Dr. Donald Kramer, 84, longtime dentist, veteran

April 17, 2005

Dr. Donald Kramer, who practiced dentistry in the Baltimore area for more than 40 years, died of pneumonia Wednesday at North Oaks Retirement Community. He was 84.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1938 graduate of City College and earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 from the University of Maryland.

He served in the Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant and also attending the University of Maryland Dental School, from which he graduated in 1945.

Dr. Kramer began his practice in an office on Walbrook Avenue, and later moved to Liberty Road in Randallstown.

"He was called `the Singing Dentist' by his patients because he sang to them," said his son Howard L. Kramer of Rockville.

Dr. Kramer also specialized in pediatric dentistry. He was a founding member and later served as president of the Maryland Society of Dentistry for Children, and was a former president of the Baltimore County Dental Association.

He retired in 1990.

"He was a member of the ROMEOS -- which stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out -- a group of Baltimore retirees who met every Wednesday in search of the perfect crab cake," his son said.

He had been a season ticket holder for the Orioles, Colts and Ravens.

Dr. Kramer was a longtime Pikesville resident and member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and had recently moved to North Oaks.

Services were held Friday.

Surviving, in addition to his son, are his wife of 60 years, the former Ruth Berlin; another son, Andrew A. Kramer of Reston, Va.; two daughters, Lois Kramer Hodes of Roland Park and Joanne Kramer Glasser of Richmond, Va.; and six grandchildren.

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