Carol Kramer 5/29/33 – 10/16/21

Carol Kramer 5/29/33 – 10/16/21

[Carol Kramer in the mid-1970s when she taught mathematics at Mercy High School. From Dr. Harold Pollack left Brighton as a conservative and returned a liberal]

Today our beloved mother, Carol Kramer, died after a quick decline from Parkinson’s Disease. Carol was cheerful, positive and smart with a huge heart. She gave generously to others. A longer article will be forthcoming. If you like, please leave a comment in the comment section at the end. My email is [email protected] and phone is 585 244 2505. UPDATE: see More on Carol Kramer (1933 – 2021) and Tales of the Highland Crossing in Brighton


More on Carol Kramer (1933 – 2021) and Tales of the Highland Crossing in Brighton

Thanks, Mom!

To Mom with love from Talker

Eugene Kramer: August 14th, 1929 to June 30th, 2019

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


  1. Rashika

    So sorry for your loss. It seems that she had a wonderful life. May she Rest In Peace.

  2. Eileen gallagher

    Carol Kramer was my algebra teacher at Mercy in the 70s. She was, by far, my favorite teacher during those years. She made math easy and fun and was a great inspiration to me. When I look back at those high school days it is Mrs Kramer that I remember. Always kind and patient, she had a way of relating to students that made them feel at home and confident. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Carol was a gem.


      She was a gem. Glad she touched you. She loved teaching math — and also coaching chess and masterminds.

  3. Ed maruggi

    Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, Dave. I enjoyed many long conversations with her and your dad in the after-hours at the JCC, and will always remember them both fondly.


      Thanks Ed. I know they enjoyed those conversations, plus those couple of Red Wing games we went to.


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