Cramer, Richard S. (1928-2015)

Cramer, Richard S. (1928-2015)

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Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, 1960 Ph.D.

San Jose State, 1955

San Francisco State, 1954

George Washington University, 1953

University of Oregon, 1952 MS

University of Oregon, 1950 BS

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1961-1996

Stanford University, 1960-1961

Cubberley High School, 1957-1958

Palo Alto High School, 1954-1957

Lake Oswego High School, 1951-1952

Administrative and Professional Experience

Confinement Officer, Edwards AFB, 1952‑1954.

Selected Publications

Portraits of Nobel Laureates in Peace (with John Wintterle).

American Humor and Humorists, 2 vols. (with Billie Jensen and John Wintterle).

Several articles in such publications as:

Pacific Historical Review,

American­ Scandinavian Review,

Civil War Times Illustrated,

San Jose Studies, etc.

Personal Commentary

My father recalled that when I was about 8 years old, I asked him if he would support me until I had a doctorate in history. As it developed, he was not called on to do that‑‑my wife supported us through the doctorate‑‑but I did achieve the doctorate. My dream, at 8, was the right one for me. I taught for over 40 years and enjoyed both students and colleagues‑‑as well as the subject. I wish the younger generations entering our profession the same satisfaction and happiness.

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Cramer, Richard S. (1928-2015)