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Martha M. Kramer

Martha Kramer, 1944 Martha Morrison Kramer earned her degree from the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She was an associate professor in food economics and nutrition at Kansas State Agricultural College, 1922-1937, before becoming Chairman of the Department of Home Economics at Yenching University, China, 1937-1943. Japan invaded China during World War II and from Dec. 8, 1941 to July 29, 1942, Kramer and her colleagues watched their campus be taken over and looted by the Japanese military. From July 29, 1942 to March 24, 1943, she was in Peking, in a residence belonging to the U.S. Embassy. From March 25, 1943 to Sept. 15, 1943, she and 1,700 others were confined to the Presbyterian Mission Compound at Weiu Hsieh, Shantung. She returned to the U.S. in December of 1943. After visiting with her family in Indiana, she rejoined KSC faculty as a professor in the home economics section of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Kramer was appointed Assistant Dean of Home Economics in 1945. She took short sabbatical leaves in Europe, May-June 1951 and March-June 1955. She retired from KSU in 1960. Kramer Food Center was named after her in 1965.

Sources of information:

History Index. Kramer, Martha M.
Industrialist. Dec. 9, 1943
K-Stater, June 1960, pg. 15