Carl A. Kramer, 63, a Washington Post editor whose photography column was featured in The Post's Weekend section and distributed to newspapers nationwide, died Dec. 12 at Fair Oaks Hospital after a heart attack. Mr. Kramer was an award-winning photographer who spent much of his career as a photo editor. He had a lifelong fascination with the way pictures are taken, and he had amassed archives of photographs and slides to illustrate lectures about the evolution of the craft.
He began his career in Washington in 1946 with Acme News Pictures, which became a component of United Press, later United Press International. He was assigned to Chicago and New York before returning to Washington. He joined The Post in 1968 as director of photography.
If much of news photography is luck and reflexes -- being in the right place at the right time and being alert -- much of it also is planning. As a photo editor, Mr. Kramer was involved in that aspect. The first part of his job was assigning photographers to various events and trying to ensure that they would have a vantage point from which to take the best pictures. The second part of his work was choosing which pictures to use.
But he was an accomplished photographer in his own right, and he was tireless when it came to setting up and framing a shot.
In 1965, he won the grand prize and the top prize for spot news for a photograph he took at Cape Canaveral, Fla., during a space launch. Called "Birds of a Feather," it was a simple juxtaposition of a seagull taking flight at dawn as a massive rocket soared off the launching pad. Mr. Kramer had stayed up all night to photograph the launch.
Two years earlier, on the eve of another historic event, he spent hours at the Lincoln Memorial helping work out a panoramic shot for the civil rights demonstation of Aug. 28, 1963, at which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The picture, distributed by UPI, was used all over the world.
After serving as director of photography at The Post, Mr. Kramer took several assignments with the newspaper's Weekly sections, and in recent years he was a production editor and editor of the comics pages.
His column of advice to amateur photographers began in the Weekend section six years ago and was distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post service. A lecturer on photography and journalism at American and George Washington universities and at universities in the Midwest, Mr. Kramer was a frequent speaker at camera club meetings and judge of photo contests.
Mr. Kramer, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Washington. He graduated from Central High School and George Washington University. He received a master's degree in American civilization from the University of Illinois.
At UPI, he was assigned to the Chicago bureau in 1956 and the New York bureau in 1960. He returned to Washington in 1962. In addition to the space program, he helped cover the Pan American Games, the Tokyo Olympics, national Republican and Democratic conventions, and presidential inaugurations and trips abroad.
In addition to his honors from what was then the White House Press Photographers' Association, he won awards from the Chicago Press Photographers' Association for sports and first prize in the color competition at the World Photo Contest at the Hague.
He wrote the newsletter of the White House News Photographers' Association and helped plan its annual awards dinner. He had a lifelong interest in astrology, and for 11 years wrote an annual year-end horoscope feature for the Weekend section of The Post. At different times he also wrote about other things that interested him, among them cooking, teaching and working as a clown.
Mr. Kramer is survived by his wife, Phyllis Kramer of Fairfax; a son, Alan Custis Kramer of Falls Church; two daughters, Virginia Kramer Connor of Silver Spring and Phyllis Southall Kramer of Hawthorne, Calif.; and a sister, Rose Slutsky of Delray Beach, Fla.
PAYSON D. CARTER
Payson Dennis Carter, 88, a retired structural engineer and former docent with the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum, died of cancer Dec. 10 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Silver Spring. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Carter, who moved here in 1942, was a native of Clinton, Mass. He received a degree in civil engineering at the University of North Carolina. During the 1930s, he worked for Amtorg, the Soviet organization, in Russia, where he helped run telephone lines from Moscow to Leningrad.
During World War II, he served here with the Army Signal Corps and attained the rank of major. After the war, he was an engineer with the Federal Communications Commission until 1951. After farming in New Jersey for two years, he returned here. He was a structural engineer with the private Washington engineering firm of Beal and Lemay from 1953 until retiring in 1972.
In 1985, the Smithsonian named a museum room after him in honor of the work done by all the museum docents. Mr. Carter's hobbies included painting in water colors.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Silver Spring; and a son, Carl, of Granite Springs, N.Y.
CAMILLE B. HARRISON
Camille Beasley Harrison, 89, a retired hotel employee who was active in church and community groups, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 23 at Capitol Hill Hospital. She lived in Washington.
She was a chambermaid at the Mayflower Hotel for 40 years before retiring in 1964. Mrs. Harrison, who was born in Tennessee, came here in 1920.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Washington. She belonged to its sodality and had served on the board of the church's federal credit union.
Mrs. Harrison had done volunteer work at St. Elizabeths Hospital and had been active in the War on Rats Committee. She also had been active in the Northeast Civic Association and various scouting groups. She had served as a Democratic Party block captain.
Her husband, Leslie H. Harrison, died in 1952. Survivors include two sons, John V., of Washington, and Gregory, of Brandywine, Md.; four daughters, J.D. Yorkman of Bowie, and Mary Stith, Emily Hill, and Peggy Allen, all of Washington; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
LANCE W. DOWNEY
Lance Willard Downey, 39, a native of Bethesda and a graduate of Gaithersburg High School, was killed Dec. 8 in a traffic accident in Melbourne, Fla.
A spokesman of the Melbourne Police Department said Mr. Downey was crossing State Road 5, a four-lane highway, when he was struck by a car. He was pronounced dead at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
Mr. Downey was a construction and restaurant worker. He was an assistant cook at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg before moving to Raleigh, N.C., in 1973. He worked in the construction and restaurant industries there and in Florida, where he moved in 1988. He lived in Melbourne.
Survivors include his mother, Margaret B. Triche, and stepfather, Junius A. Triche, of Simpsonville, S.C.; two sisters, Michelle D. Stallings of Simpsonville and Patricia D. Hall of Germantown, Md., and three stepbrothers, Jay A. Triche of Santa Clarita, Calif., Dr. Timothy J. Triche of Los Angeles, and James L. Triche of Taos, N.M.
NORMAN J. WALTER
Norman J. Walter, 75, a retired supervisor in the fingerprint identification division of the FBI who was active in his church, died of cancer Dec. 10 at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.
Mr. Walter, who lived in Washington, was born in Belvidere, N.J. He moved here in 1940 and went to work for the FBI. He was a special agent during World War II and then joined the fingerprint division. He retired in 1975.
He was a member of St. Bernadine's Catholic Church in Suitland and a former member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Washington. He was a member of the Bishop Byrne Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth B. Walter of Washington; three children, Thomas S. Walter of Alexandria, Michael J. Walter of St. Paul, Minn., and Maureen Walter Goodman of Atlanta; one sister, Elizabeth Billger Dean of Belvidere, and four grandchildren.
KATHRON ANN ROWLEY
Kathron Ann Rowley, 58, a legal reference librarian at the Pentagon, died Dec. 11 at Arlington Hospital. She had cancer.
Mrs. Rowley, who lived in Vienna, was born in Lenawee County, Mich. She graduated from Michigan State University and received a master's degree in library science at the University of Michigan.
Before moving to the Washington area in 1972, she accompanied her husband, Richard W. Rowley, an Air Force officer who retired as a lieutenant colonel, to military bases in New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Michigan, Ohio and Washington state.
In this area she had worked at the Pentagon library for about 10 years before retiring on disability last June. Earlier, she had worked in the libraries of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile, and she had been a Boy Scout leader with her husband.
In addition to her husband, of Vienna, survivors include three children, Douglas Kim Rowley of Reston, Phillip Lee Rowley of Lansing, Mich., and Linda Diane Rowley of Vienna; her parents, Floyd and Dorothy Hicks of Tecumseh, Mich., and a grandchild.