Dr. Charles Kraemer ’71

Psychology professor: 35 years in the classroom – and counting

Jan. 21, 2014

Dr. Charles Kraemer ’71, Professor of Psychology, smiles as he thinks back over his first 35 years at LaGrange College. There have been honors and recognitions, but there is one designation that still makes him grin.

He met his wife Janice in the late 1960s when he began classes at the college. She was working as the campus nurse.

“She lived in the infirmary in Smith Hall,” he said. “After we were married in January of 1970, I moved into Smith with her. The second floor was a women’s dorm at the time. To the best of my knowledge, I was the only male student to ever reside in a women’s dormitory at LaGrange College.”

Dr. Kraemer will join other faculty and staff at an appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30 in Pitts Dining Hall. Years of service and the Stellar Service awards will be presented, and faculty accomplishments for Fall 2013 will be recognized. RSVPs are requested by Jan. 21 to Tammy Rogers at trogers@lagrange.edu or (706) 880-8344.

After graduating from LaGrange, Dr. Kraemer worked at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville before attending graduate school at the University of Georgia. After finishing up in Athens, the Kraemer family (including one child and another on the way) weighed the decision to move back to LaGrange.

“Janice and I realized that LaGrange was probably the best choice to raise our family,” he said. “I joined the faculty in the fall of 1978.”

That first year was a bit strange for the new instructor.

“Many of the faculty members who taught me were now my peers,” he said. “I still remember walking into a classroom in Manget for my first day of teaching statistics and realizing it was the same classroom where I took that course as a student.”

Dr. Kraemer is pleased to see the college’s reputation is growing.

“We are beginning to receive the recognition that I’ve always felt we deserved,” he said. “We invest in students who are good scholars, and they tend to bring everyone up to their level.”

Part of the increased interest in LaGrange College can be traced back to a program Dr. Kraemer helped start in 1977.

“Dr. Sue Duttera, who taught chemistry and was chair of the Science Division, and I became interested in beginning something that would encourage undergraduate research,” he said. “The success of that program is a true tribute to the faculty who continue to make it all happen. Undergraduate research is the thing I am most proud of.”

Even after 35 years of service, don’t even mention the word “retirement” to Dr. Kraemer.

“I really like the students, and I enjoy being in the classroom,” he said. “As long as it’s interesting, I’ll show up.”

Other service award honorees include:

Five years: Pat Barrett, Randy Colvin, Lisa Crutchfield, Lee Davis, Jon Ernstberger, Laura Faulkner, Cynthia Mayfield, Hank Parker and Beth Spencer. 10 years: Debbie Ogle and David Wiggins. 15 years: Patsy McKay, Tiffany Mixon, Loren Pinkerman, Arthur Robinson, Laine Scott, Kevin Shirley and Pamela Tremblay. 20 years: Sarah Beth Mallory, Martha Pirkle and Lee Richter. 25 years:  Lee Johnson, Greg McClanahan and Sylvia Smith. 30 years:  Kirby McCartney and  Maranah Sauter.
 

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