IN MEMORIAM: HAROLD CRAMER

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer earned a B.A. from Temple University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer served honorably in the military during the Korean conflict, rising to the level of Chief Prosecutor for the Eighth Army in Korea and receiving the Bronze Star; and

WHEREAS, upon returning to Philadelphia, Harold Cramer clerked for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Edwin O. Lewis, then joined the law firm of Shapiro Rosenfeld Stalberg & Cook, where he rose to partner; and

WHEREAS, in 1967, Harold Cramer joined Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe & Levin, which eventually became Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson, LLP, where he was elected managing partner; and

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer served as chief executive officer of Graduate Health System, Inc., until his return to private practice in 1996; and

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer became a partner at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP until his retirement; and

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer served in various leadership capacities at the Philadelphia Bar Association, including as Chancellor in 1972; and

WHEREAS, under Harold Cramer’s leadership as Chancellor, a program was created in partnership with the Office of the District Attorney and the Defender Association of Philadelphia to reduce court backlogs on major criminal cases; and

WHEREAS, while serving as Chancellor, Harold Cramer led a campaign to raise the salaries of Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court Judges; and

WHEREAS, following his service as Chancellor, Harold Cramer remained an energetic leader in the legal community, serving on the Theodore F. Jenkins Memorial Law Library Board of Directors for 45 years and as its President for 32 years, member of the Board of Trustees and President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, member of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and President of the Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and

WHEREAS, Harold Cramer was a dedicated community leader, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Jewish Agencies, President of the Legal Division of American Friends of Hebrew University, Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians and as a member of the Executive Board of the Downtown Jewish Home for the Aged; and

WHEREAS, for his extraordinary contributions to the betterment of the legal profession, Harold Cramer was awarded the Philadelphia Bar Association’s highest honor, the Bar Medal, in 2003; and

WHEREAS, for his exemplary service to the community, Harold Cramer was awarded the Liberty Bowl, presented by the Mayor of Philadelphia in 1996,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts this memorial resolution in recognition of the character, contributions and achievements of Harold Cramer, and extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Geraldine, and daughter, Patricia, on the passing of a beloved and respected colleague, devoted family member and faithful friend.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: October 26, 2017