Norman Clifford Kramer, 78, a kidney specialist who became an emeritus professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, died Oct. 11 at the center. He had complications from pneumonia. Dr. Kramer, a Washington resident, spent more than 20 years on the center’s staff before retiring in 1985. Besides his teaching duties, he was involved in clinical studies of organ donation for kidney transplants. He was the founding director of GWU’s histocompatibility and immunogenetics laboratory, which aided the medical center’s transplant program. During his career, he also was co-director of D.C. General Hospital’s renal clinic. After his retirement, he was director of laboratories at the Maryland Medical Laboratory Inc. in Halethorpe, Md.; what is now the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa.; and the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Since 1999, he had been director of Howard University Hospital’s histocompatibility and immunogenetics laboratory. He was a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and a chemistry and physics graduate of the Citadel in South Carolina. He received a master’s degree in biochemistry from GWU, where he was also a 1954 graduate of the medical school. After three years in the Air Force, he did his residency at D.C. General and had a renal fellowship at GWU. He was a former board member of several medical societies and associations, including the Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a captain in 1972. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patricia Elly Kramer of Washington; five children, Mary Virginia Custer of Burtonsville, John Kramer of Rockville, Bernard Kramer of Silver Spring, Peter Kramer of Arlington and Anne DiMarco of Adamstown, Md.; and 12 grandchildren.
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