2018-08-09 / Obituaries

Marriam Cramer Ring

Marriam Cramer Ring, of Newport, died on July 28, 2018. She was the wife of Robert (Al) Ring. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1937, she was the daughter of Leslie and Yetta Cramer.

Marriam was a graduate of Stanford University having studied Balkan history. She also studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. While living in London in 1970 with her husband, she worked as a photographer for Psychic Magazine and was taking photography night classes at the London School of Economics. Moving to the Boston area, Marriam got a job at Boston University and started a library in the Art Department. A few years later, she and Al returned to San Francisco where she worked as a freelance photographer with travels to Ethiopia. Her work, the “Ethiopian Journal” was shown at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley California in 1985. Her photographic journal is also in the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Marriam was one of the first instructors in photography at Stanford University in the mid-1970s.

Marriam loved adventure and traveled with Al. Cooking classes in Venice, snorkeling in Java, climbing into a live volcano in Sumatra were highlights of her world travels that brought her to Europe, the Middle East, Tanzania, Peru, Mexico and China.

Marriam loved books and was active with the Friends of the Newport Public Library before becoming a member of the Library Board of Trustees. Her focus throughout her tenure was on fundraising for the library. She founded the Friends of the Library electronic bookstore on EBay, which increased book sales and revenue. She was a great library supporter in any way she could.

Marriam and Al were members of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and she was a sailing enthusiast, sailing to Nova Scotia.

She is survived by her husband Al and many of his Newport cousins, in addition to an older brother, Mert Cramer, in Montreal, and numerous nephews and nieces who live in various parts of the United States. Her funeral is private.

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