Theodore Christian Kramer

Theodore Christian Kramer, professor emeritus of anatomy, died July 1 at Glacier Hills Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. He was 88 years old.

Kramer held a B.S. from Middlebury College (Vt.) and an M.S. from Case Western Research University. He attended graduate school at Yale University and came to the U-M in 1936 as a teaching fellow in anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from the U-M in 1942. He retired from the U-M in 1974.

Kramer was a member of the International Anatomist Association, Michigan Chapter, and of Kappa Delta Rho and Sigma Xi at the U-M, where he was granted a 50-year membership award in 1993.

He was a charter member of the Ann Arbor Flyers Club and an avid gardener.

He is survived by his sister, Loretta L.M. Kramer of Ann Arbor; one nephew, Arnold R. (Blanche) Kramer of Auburndale, Fla.; four great-nephews, 14 great-great-nephews and nieces and one great-great-great-niece.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ann Arbor Salvation Army or the American Red Cross.

Glenn V. Edmonson

Glenn V. Edmonson, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died July 1 of a heart attack at Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea. He was 83 years old.

Edmonson’s 30 years of service to the U-M began when he joined the faculty as an associate professor of mechanical engineering in 1947. Promoted to professor in 1954, Edmonson also served as associate dean in the College of Engineering in 1958–66.

While serving as associate dean, Edmonson established the Bioengineering Program—an interdisciplinary collaboration involving faculty from the College of Engineering, the Medical School, and LS&A. Edmonson was director of the Bioengineering Program in 1966–75. He retired from the U-M on Dec. 31, 1977.

Before joining the U-M, Edmonson spent 15 years in industry as a mechanical engineer for the Kelvinator Corp. and the American Blower Corp. in Detroit.

Born on June 19, 1910, in Blue Mound, Ill., Edmonson received a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1932 and an M.E. in mechanical engineering in 1949, both from the U-M.

Edmonson served as president of the Engineering Society and was director of the Metropolitan Detroit Science Fair. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of many other academic and civic organizations.

Edmonson is survived by his wife, Trenna, of Chelsea; three children; Trenna Ruffner of Grosse Pointe Park, Rebecca Palmer of Denton, Texas, and Robert of Farmers Branch, Texas; three sisters and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenn V. Edmonson Scholarship Fund, University of Michigan Bioengineering Program, 3304 G.G. Brown, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-2125.


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