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A Great Mind in Twilight

Post #1546 • April 5, 2012, 10:22 AM • 1 Comment

Greg Cook sent in a story by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling on the last months of Hilton Kramer. Kramer, who was suffering from dementia from Alzheimer's as well as the blood disease that finally killed him, was in the care of The Vicarage by the Sea in Harpswell, ME, which specializes in low-intervention care of Alzheimer's patients.

[Vicarage director Johana] Wigg said that he spent a lot of time outside, watching the ocean. At least some of the art that Kramer loved was inspired by just this sort of natural beauty.

In fact, the work of Emily Nelligan, which he championed, consisted of charcoal drawings of Great Cranberry Island, just up the coast from the Vicarage.

(Readers may recall my fond connection to Great Cranberry Island.)

Esta Kramer said she will make a donation in Kramer's name to provide for a stone bench on a walkway that will extend from the Vicarage to the ocean's edge.

It will allow others to enjoy a view that at times, it seemed, only Kramer could describe.

Read the whole story.

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David Richardson

April 5, 2012, 10:59 AM

That's very moving. We are caring for a parent with Alzheimer's. I love the kissing hands and can relate to that.

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