Connors Memorial Funeral Home
James Emerson Kraeger, Ph.D., of Newport, Rhode Island, died May 10, 2022 at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Capitano) Kraeger.
James, “Doc”, was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and attended Saint Louis University High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University. He obtained a doctorate. at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he also met his wife, Rosemarie. They spent several years in New York before moving to Rhode Island where Doc opened a private practice in Newport, and where he and Rosemarie resided for over 40 years.
Doc took incredible pride in his work and was dedicated to the welfare of his patients. He was a consultant psychologist at Butler and Newport hospitals and past president of the Rhode Island Psychological Association. Additionally, he served as dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh and assistant professor of psychology and mental health at the University of Pittsburgh, Fordham University, and the University of Massachusetts.
Doc was proud of his Irish heritage, a connoisseur of fine French cuisine and a student of the Civil War. He was best known for his resonant voice and storytelling ability. He shone brightest when telling others about his three daughters, Kristin, Sarah and Martha.
James is survived by his wife Rosemarie Kraeger, his daughters Kristin Kraeger Dembowski (H. Stephen Dembowski), Sarah Kraeger Suhr (Douglas Suhr) and Martha Kraeger Kalen (Michael Kalen); his grandchildren Julia, Will, Anna, Kate and Jeremy; his brother Russell R. Kraeger, MD, and several nieces and nephews.
James is predeceased by his parents, Emerson Kraeger and Helen (Maher) Kraeger, his brother Thomas Kraeger and his nephew Robert Kraeger.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spring Street, Newport, RI.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center at One Joslin Place, Suite 745 Boston, MA 02215 or online at www.joslin.org/donate
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Posted May 11, 2022
Posted in Newport Daily News
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840
May 14, 2022 to 11:30 AM