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Obituary: Kramer Woodard April 28, 1954–Feb. 20, 2019

on August 29, 2019 - 7:02am
KRAMER WOODARD April 28, 1954Feb. 20, 2019
 
Kramer Woodard was born April 28, 1954, in Omaha, Nebraska to Charles and Dorothy Woodard and passed away in Albuquerque Feb. 20, 2019.
 
He was named after his paternal grandparents, Charles and Nettie Kramer. He was a happy and lovable little boy--always wanting to give gifts to everyone who came to the house, whether it be a favorite toy or a simple clothes pin.
 
By age 12 he had lived in four different states before the family moved to Los Alamos, NM. Kramer attended Pueblo Jr. High and was a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He made many friends, some of whom became like members of the family and many of whom remained lifelong friends. 
 
Kramer graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelors degree in Architecture and Planning  and went on to earn a Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York City. He returned to New Mexico to open his own Architecture office, as well as becoming a professor at UNM. He had worked with well known local architects Antoine Predock and John McHugh and lectured at many colleges and universities throughout the US and abroad. Several of his talks are available on Youtube. Kramer designed and patented a prefabricated building system and many of his designs have been constructed in this country and arouind the world. 
 
Architecture became his passion while he still kept alive his first passion music. He began playing guitar at a young age, forming a band with his friends, which rocked the house and neighborhood. He later built guitars in his own workshop. In 2011, several guitars were stolen from his home, including a favorite bass guitar, which was never recovered. The guitar would have been treasured by his family.
 
Kramer was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Ed Pompeo. He is survived by wife Anne, and daughter Abigail of Albuquerque; his brother, Stephen and wife Ellen; and his sister DyAnne Pompeo of Rio Rancho. Also surviving him are many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
 
A deep and abiding love is shared by his family and friends and he will always be missed.
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