Hanns-Dieter Gruemer

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Dr. Hanns-Dieter Gruemer, age 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Richmond on May 4, 2018 with his wife, Kip Gruemer, at his side.

Dr. Gruemer, a native of Germany and a long-time resident of Richmond, earned his M.D. degree from the Goethe University in Frankfort on the Main. Upon graduation in 1949, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Physiological Chemistry in Frankfort and later as a physician at the clinical laboratories of the Charité in Berlin. In 1955 he became a research biochemist and physician at Pineland Hospital and Training Center, an institution for mentally disabled individuals in Maine. Concurrently, he worked part-time as a research associate at Tufts University Medical School in Boston and was appointed instructor and then senior instructor of medicine. He eventually joined the departments of Pathology and Physiological Chemistry at Ohio State University to head the Division of Clinical Chemistry, a position he held for 14 years until he moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 1977. Dr. Gruemer was Professor of Clinical Pathology and Director of the Section of Clinical Chemistry at the Medical College of Virginia until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement he continued working as a consultant for Roche Biomedical Laboratories as well as being an enthusiastic member of several professional associations.

Dr. Gruemer is survived by his wife, daughters Ruth Presti of Texas and Annemarie Gruemer of Midlothian, one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his extended family, as well as by many colleagues and former students whom he mentored over the years.

Services will be private.