Former Wildcat letterman dies at 92

MANHATTAN, Kan. – George R. Kramer, the oldest living men’s basketball letterman, recently died at the Kingswood Senior Living Community in Leawood, Kan., at the age of 92.


A native of Mankato, Kan., Kramer lettered three years at Kansas State from 1937-39, playing for head coaches Frank Groves, Al Burns and Homer Wesche.  His best season came as a sophomore when he helped the Wildcats to a 9-9 record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Six Conference in 1936-37.


Kramer received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial chemistry from Kansas State.  He later earned a MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.


Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Kramer began a 40-year career with Corn Products Refining Company, where he held various management positions in manufacturing, engineering, personnel and research at divisional and corporate levels in both domestic and international locations.  He retired in 1982 and relocated to the Kansas City area.         


Kramer is survived by his son, George R. Kramer, Jr., and a daughter, Kathy Freshwater, along with four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George Rowan and Katherine Emily Kramer, brother, Toby, and his wife of 67 years, Helen.


Memorial contributions can be made to The Kingswood Foundation-Health Center, c/o Gail Benne, 10000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64114.  Condolences for the family may be left at