PAUL M. KRAEMER March 19, 1930 – March 24, 2016
Paul Kraemer passed away on March 24th, 2016 after a full and productive life.
Paul was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Huldah and E.O Kraemer on March 19, 1930. He earned a Doctorate in Public Health from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Wistar Institute, a biomedical Center focusing on cancer research and vaccine development.
He was recruited by Wright Langham for his training in cancer research to be a part of a new Cell and Molecular Biology group in H-4 in 1964. He retired from LANL in 1995. Paul published more than 90 scientific papers, and several books. His love of science was mirrored by his equally deep interest in history. His scientific background showed through in much of his history research and papers, such as his examinations of ethnicity, genealogy in Spanish Colonial New Mexico, New Mexico’s wine industry and in his insights into the role of malaria in New Mexico’s Army forts in the Territorial Period.
Paul contributed much to the Historical Society of New Mexico through his papers and presentations. He was also a member of its Board, and Treasurer for many years. Paul was a strong supporter of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum and a long-time member of its support group, Los Compadres del Palacio. In addition, Paul was a Trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.
Paul is survived by his son, Scott, daughter, Kimberly, grandson, Trent, as well as Rosemary, the mother of his children, and long-time companion, Evelyn.
A memorial service will be held for Paul this summer. A donation to the New Mexico Historical Society in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated. Paul was admired for his intelligence, candor, and curiosity. He will be greatly missed.