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Paula Kramer Retires After Nearly 27 Years

Paula Kramer, the face of the front desk at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus for nearly 27 years, is retiring at the end of the month.

Her last day is Feb. 28.

Kramer, 74, came to Johns Hopkins as a temporary worker in May 1992. A few days after she began, a co-worker suggested she consider staying on as a full-time employee. She was hired in August 1992 and hasn’t looked back.

“I loved it,” Kramer said, adding that she enjoyed interacting with students and faculty. “I liked that it was a two-part job, the events and the desk. It was close to home. I loved my hours.”

Kramer’s role was twofold. She took the lead in booking events from outside groups who wanted to have their meetings and conferences at JHU. She also served as the receptionist and front desk coordinator, helping visitors navigate their way around campus. She enjoyed welcoming staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus every day.

Kramer, a Washington, D.C., native, moved to Montgomery County when she was 11. She began her career as an English teacher at Parkland Junior High (now Middle) School in Rockville. She taught for three years and was a long-term substitute for three months. After she started her family, she returned to the workforce, first as a substitute and then as an office manager for a local medical practice.

Unsure of where she wanted to work next, she went to a temp agency that sent her to the JHU Montgomery County Campus. “I never heard of it before,” Kramer said.

During her retirement, she hopes to travel, particularly throughout Italy and the Scandinavian countries. Domestically, she has her eyes on Memphis, Nashville and Mount Rushmore.

Kramer also looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and volunteering in the community.

Though she is retiring, Kramer doesn’t expect to be a stranger around campus. She plans to take political courses this fall through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the program for retired and semi-retired adults.

“On behalf of everyone at the JHU Montgomery County Campus, I thank Paula for her many, many years of service to our campus community,” said Leslie Weber, director of campus, government and community affairs for JHU in Montgomery County. “Paula has been a valued employee and will surely be missed. We all wish her the best as she begins the next chapter of her life’s adventures.”