Deceased May 18, 2018

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In Memory

Jeffrey Hofman Kramer, esteemed cardiologist and beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, died peacefully at his home in Cherry Hill, N.J., on May 18, after a two-year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Jeff was born in 1955 in Quonset Point, R.I., to Albert and Eva Kramer. During his time at Amherst, Jeff met Jane Schwartz at Hillel, and they were married in 1978. Jeff was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Jeff graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed his medical training at Stanford University and New York University. Jeff was a partner of the Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley for 27 years, where he started and directed its innovative clinical research program.

Outside of his work, Jeff enjoyed Jewish studies, traveling with his family, wine club with friends, discussing wide-ranging topics from politics to arts to sports and pushing his physical fitness to his personal limits. Recently, Jeff helped develop the Temple Beth Sholom Bioethics Initiative, which will be named in his honor.

Jeff is remembered not only for his accomplished career but for the indelible mark he left on his patients, his friends, his family and even those he met in passing. Jeff had a unique ability to make each individual feel like they were the only person in the room, an incredible intellectual curiosity, a charisma and smile that lit up the space and an endearing humor that persisted even through his hardest days. Jeff reiterated in his final moments how fortunate he was for the love that surrounds him. Jeff will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jane; his father, Albert; his children, Rachel, Allie and Evan; his brother, Ken; and his sister, Judi.

Charles Wilmer ’77