In loving memory of

James E Kraeger
May 10, 2022

James Emerson Kraeger, Ph.D., of Newport, Rhode Island, passed away on 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 received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University. He received a Ph.D. at Fordham University in Bronx, New York where he also met his wife, Rosemarie. They spent several years in New York City 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 well-being of his patients. He served as a consulting Psychologist at Butler and Newport Hospitals and was a past President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association. Additionally, he served as the Dean of Students at University of Pittsburgh and was a Psychology and Mental Health adjunct Professor at 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 resonating voice and his ability to tell stories. He shined most when he was 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 many nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Emerson Kraeger and Helen (Maher) Kraeger, his brother Thomas Kraeger and nephew Robert Kraeger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 11:30 AM 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


Lidy Schalekamp wrote on May 16, 2022:

"Dear Rosemarie and family, A handwritten note is preferred, I know you are on Hunter, but I don?t have the number. The thought that Dr. K. Is no longer with us, is so sad. He has helped me so much. I worked in the same building and he would come up and send faxes and we formed a friendship. Later, when things became unbearable at Wimco, I became a patient, and our sessions were so precious to me. His humor, thoughtfulness, and the way he spoke about you, his family, touched me deeply. I will miss him so much. I wish you strength and hope that the wonderful memories will bring a smile to your faces. Lidy Schalekamp"

John Allan wrote on May 15, 2022:

"His hearty smile and laugh, that distinct voice, his kindness and ability to cut through to the heart of any situation?may you rest in peace Doc, and my sincere condolences to your family"

Kristen Lyon wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Most sincerely, Kristen L and Luis O."

Jim & Alexis Sarruda wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Dear Rosemarie and Family, So sorry to hear the news of Jim's passing. He was such a wonderful man, and Alexis always enjoying seeing him at breakfast in the Concierge Lounge at the Hyatt in Washington DC. They had many great conversations while you and I were in conference. We will both miss him, and send you and your family "hugs" during these difficult times.. Jim & Alexis Sarruda"

Mario Cirillo wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Dear Rosemarie, Sarah, and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Mario Cirillo and Robin Fricchione "

Jerilyn Sauve wrote on May 13, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Dr. Kraeger?s passing, he was such a good support and friend to my son.. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.."

Mike Sollitto wrote on May 12, 2022:

"Rosemarie, Deepest sympathies to you and your family"

Rosemary Davidson wrote on May 11, 2022:

"Rosemarie and Family, Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you all at this sad time. Thinking of you all and praying that in time your wonderful memories will sustain you. Sincerely, Rosemary Davidson "

Elaine P. Holder wrote on May 11, 2022:

"Dear Rosemarie, I was so stunned to hear of Your husbands passing. He was such an amazing man and I enjoyed the times we met during wedding planning. I pray for your strength and especially for strength and courage for Julia and Will. May God rest his soul. Elaine Holder"

Wilma Thomson wrote on May 11, 2022:

"Rosemarie and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather. He loved you all so very much. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Wilma Thomson and family"

Carol Cummings wrote on May 11, 2022: