Dr. Gerald M. Kramer Memorial

Dear Alumni and Friends,

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The PERIO Class of 1977 observes Dr. Kramer in action (photo submitted by Glenn Fujinaka PERIO 77)

It is difficult to believe that it has been more than 13 years since Dr. Kramer passed.  His legacy continues to impact Residents and patients at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) every day.  Indeed, alumni and friends around the world put his legacy into practice each and every day in their offices.

Dr. Kramer was a founder of the field, and his efforts in building the Department of Periodontology at GSDM had a profound influence on our School. For the last fifty years, the department has been an internationally recognized leader in the profession, and his spirit and philosophy live on at GSDM.

I had the privilege of hosting a Periodontic Alumni Reception in honor of Dr. Kramer during the 2009 American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting in Boston.  Mrs. Sylvia Kramer and her son Lloyd, daughter Leslie, and granddaughter Melia graciously attended and accepted a plaque in honor of Dr. Kramer, which was later placed in the Department of Periodontology.

Since becoming Dean it has been a priority for me to mend historical rifts and welcome our entire alumni family home.  I am very grateful to the Kramer family, Myron Nevins PERIO 67, and Ernesto Muller PERIO 61 for all that they have done to make that possible.  It was thrilling for GSDM to host the first Kramer Symposium during Alumni Weekend 2013 and I trust that with the support of our Periodontic Alumni, this will become an enduring tradition.

As we look to our proposed new building and the many ways alumni choose to support the school, it is my fervent hope that those impacted by Dr. Kramer might come together to help us place his name in the new facility.  Indeed, while our proposed new facility is about the next exciting chapter, we must recognize and always show gratitude for those leaders, such as Dr. Kramer, who brought us to this moment.

Dr. Kramer practiced periodontics for 50 years and received virtually every honor awarded by the specialty.  Indeed, the American Academy of Periodontology recognized his contributions to the advancement of dentistry with the Gold Medal, and his clinical excellence with the Master Clinician Award.  We now honor Dr. Kramer with this memorial publication, which contains remembrances and reflections from many of our devoted Perio alumni.  I thank each of the contributors and Dr. Serge Dibart for commemorating Dr. Kramer in this way.

Sincerely,

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Jeffrey W. Hutter, DMD, MEd
Dean and Spencer N. Frankl Professor in Dental Medicine