Richard Kraemer, 1920-2011

Emeritus Professor of Government Richard Kraemer, Lt. Colonel, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), died June 11. Kraemer taught full time in the Department of Government for 20 years beginning in 1965, then part time until 2001 and then continued to teach through the Distance Education Center until 2000. Kraemer coauthored textbooks on Texas politics and government that have set the field standard since the late 1970s. In 2010 he published his last book, “The Secret War in the Balkans, a W.W.II Memoir.” In 1971 he won the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching. Quoting from the “Austin American- Statesman” obituary, “In 1953 he flew 41 missions of a 50 mission tour in Korea before the armistice was signed in July. In all he logged 1,600 hours flying time in the combat zones, possibly a record for American airmen … Richard was an authority on collaborative learning (teaching through political games and simulations) and on the teaching of critical thinking. He pioneered the design and teaching of interdisciplinary courses and the establishment of internship programs.”