|Dr. Leslie Kremer, June 29, 1917 - Feb. 6, 1997
Leslie Arnold Kremer, M.D., left no doubt about his life's work.
As early as age 10 the blue-eyed youngster was telling his family, "I want to bring babies into the world."
Twenty-five years later he not only was one of Seattle's more popular gynecologist-obstetricians, but he had also built and was running The Medical Center on Seattle's Crown Hill.
"He had a tender touch. I think some people who came in didn't have anything wrong, but just wanted to talk to him because he was so positive and comforting."
Dr. Kremer died of cancer Thursday (Feb. 6). He was 79.
Growing up among five sisters in his native Linton, North Dakota, he developed a sensitivity for women's concerns, said his daughter Laura Taylor of Shoreline.
"They called him 'The Sheik,' " she joked, because he was the only boy in the family. She said that in later life his charm was increased by broad shoulders and wavy white hair.
He graduated with honors and was class valedictorian in 1939 at the University of North Dakota. He served as an Army Air Forces officer in World War II and was among the first out-of-state residents accepted at Harborview Medical Center. He earned his medical degree with honors in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kremer moved back to Seattle in 1949, opened The Medical Center in 1951, and had delivered 10,000 babies by the time he retired in 1988 and moved to his summer home in Union, Mason County.
He also had helped expand the heart and OB-GYN wings of Ballard Hospital (now Swedish Medical Center/Ballard), and served on an American Medical Association scholarship committee. He avidly kept up with advances in medications and surgical technology, and he found time to sing in the local church choir.
Other survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jean Kremer of Union; his children Leslie Kremer Jr. and Kimberley Kremer, both of Seattle; and Gregory Kremer, Everett; his sisters Esther Larson, Fresno, California; Frances Chesrown, Sun City, Arizona; Aletta Olson, Carlsbad, California; LaVonne Kelling, Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Donna Rickert, Farmington Hills, Michigan; and one grandchild.
Services have been held. Memorials may go to Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109; or to Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club, East 300 County Club Dr. E., Union, WA 98592.
Seattle Times, Wednesday Feb. 13, 1997.
Editors note: Dr. Leslie Kremer was the son of the late Jacob J. and Bertha (Sautter) Kremer formerly of Bismarck, North Dakota.