Carol Kramer, a magazine editor and newspaper reporter, died Aug. 13, 2019. She was 79.
Kramer was born August 16, 1940, in Chicago, graduated cum laude from Marquette University, and then received her master’s in journalism from Medill.
She was a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, a writer on the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, and an editor at the paper’s short-lived afternoon edition, the Daily News Tonight, started by Clay Felker.
She was a lifestyle editor at 7 Days, a city weekly that folded in 1990, and an editor at Allure, Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple, among other publications. She volunteered every week at a local homeless shelter for nearly a decade.
Friends and coworkers remember that she always dazzled them with her encyclopedic knowledge of history, Broadway show tunes, English literature and arcane Catholic doctrine. She could rattle off presidential history — and list the presidents — with envy-inducing speed.
Kramer was a deft headline writer, an accomplished accordion player and a wonderful cook. According to her friends, her heart was enormous, her wit, biting, her oxtail stew, sublime.