Professor John Edward Krahmer

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Prof. John Edward Krahmer was born on March 7, 1942, and died on April 4, 2018. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 to 8 PM, April 6, 2018, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 76 years with a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 7, 1 PM at St. Elizabeth Church. 

He met Sandra L. Krahmer during their time at the University of Iowa. They married in August of 1966 and celebrated 51 years of marriage. He was the son of a factory worker and worked himself to the top of the legal profession in commercial law. He is remembered by his family as a wonderful husband, dad, brother, and granddad. He is remembered by his colleagues as one of the most influential professors at TTU School of Law. 

Starting in 1971, Prof. Krahmer taught Contracts, Commercial Law, and Consumer Law at TTU School of Law. He was Faculty Editor of The Texas Bank Lawyer, a monthly publication of the TABC, and Faculty Editor of The American Bank Lawyer. He was the longest-serving member on the TTU School of Law faculty, and retired from full-time teaching in August 2017. 

Prof. Krahmer received the TTU President’s Research Award and the President’s Teaching Award. He was the first member of the Law Faculty to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, and his students recognized his teaching ability by selecting him for teaching awards seven different times. He wrote nine text books and several law review articles.

Prof. Krahmer earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1965, a J.D. from University of Iowa in 1966, and an LL.M. from Harvard University in 1967. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandi Krahmer; sister, Mary Ann Krahmer; son, Ben Krahmer; daughters, Alyssa and Ana Krahmer; and granddaughter, Kayla Krahmer. He is also survived by a grandson, Sean Krahmer, and wife, Kylie, as well as a great-granddaughter, Blakeley Krahmer; and niece, Jamie Krahmer.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the John E. Krahmer Memorial Endowed Scholarship fund for people who would like to make a designated gift in Professor Krahmer’s name. To make a donation, checks should be made payable to the Texas Tech Law School Foundation or donations can be made online. This website has more information: For more details, please contact Lisa Green in the Texas Tech Law School Foundation Office at (806) 834-4663 or


26 thoughts on “Professor John Edward Krahmer”

  1. Sandi, Ben, Alyssa andAna,
    My sympathies to you all. I was very saddened to hear of John’s passing. I will always remember all of you as my adoptive family and all the fun we had. God bless.
    Kay (Johannes) Hess

  2. Sandi and all – Jean and I are so very saddened by John’s death. For almost 30 years, he was my mentor, colleague, and friend. He was a great teacher and a man of the utmost integrity.
    Brian & Jean Shannon

  3. Professor Krahmer was perfectly suited for teaching law. He had a brilliant and quick mind, and was able to communicate in a way that made even commercial law interesting. I had the good fortune while a law student of being asked to co-author a law review article with him. What a learning experience, and pleasure that was. He encouraged me to go on to Harvard, even providing me a road map on how to get there. Regretfully, I didn’t follow that road map. But, I became a better person, and better lawyer, because of him. I am grateful.

    Karl Clifford
    (Class of 1973)

  4. Michael Economidis

    So shocked and sad to hear about Prof. Krahmer’s passing! He was one of my favorite professors in law school.

  5. He made interesting that with which I had no interest. He had me learn what I was disinclined to learn. He gave wisely and unselfishly. A gifted teacher, a fine role model. I’m delighted to have known him and deeply saddened by his passing.

  6. I am deeply saddened to hear of Professor Krahmer’s passing. He was a tremendous mentor, professor and friend, and we will miss him terribly. Our condolences to his entire family.
    Sean & Alicia Crowley

  7. Family and Friends: I was very sad to learn about Professor Krahmer. He was a fine man and one of the best teachers I have had the privilege of having. Deepest condolences for your loss.

  8. So sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Krahmer. One of my favorites at TTU School of Law. Condolences to and prayers for his family and friends.

  9. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My first ever law school class was contracts with Prof. Krahmer. He started class by saying we had a better chance of winning the lottery than being the first person called on in law school. Then he said, “having said that, Mr. Walraven, would you discuss the first case.” I certainly was able to get me first day jitters out of the way in a hurry. Prof. Krahmer was a spectacular teacher, and I enjoyed each of the three classes I took from him.

  10. My dear friend Alyssa and family, I am so saddened to hear this news. I always admired “Big John” so much even when I was quaking in my boots for fear that he would call on me. He truly was “Big”: in his presence, his legacy, and his love for all of you, his students, his colleagues, and the law. I learned so much from him. He was a great professor and an even greater man. I know so many will miss him along with all of you.

  11. Rose Engeldorf

    Professor Krahmer was a superb teacher. His advanced commercial law class was fabulous and served me well in my career in corporate law.

    Condolences to his family and colleagues on this huge loss.

  12. I am very sorry for your loss. I took his class almost 26 years ago, but I still remember him well and fondly.

  13. Sandi, Ben, Alyssa and Ana,
    Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. He was a friend, a mentor, a role model and a shining light in my life. Please accept our deepest condolences. One thing I know: a teacher lives on forever in the lives of his or her students. And John was the consummate teacher, loved and admired by all.

  14. Professor Krahmer was one of the best professors I had in law school. He was approachable and a great teacher. I had him for both Commercial and Consumer Law and truth to be told, I only took the latter course to be able to have one more class with him. My condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  15. Professor Krahmer was a kind, brilliant role model, and he will always be one of my favorite professors from Tech Law. My sincerest condolences on your loss. He was and is a legend.

  16. Texas Tech School of Law just lost a giant in legal education with his passing. So many of us who were privileged to know him and have him as our teacher and mentor are surprised and deeply saddened. He was one of my favorite teachers – kind, caring, sensitive, and, of course, a brilliant legal mind. When I remember those years in law school, his presence dominates many memories. I am so grateful for his help and encouragement, and legal education at Tech Law will be less as a result of his loss. My condolences to his wife Sandy and their family.

  17. I recently visited Dr. Krahmer and his family at UMC and am very sorry for this loss. My thoughts and prayers are extended to your family. You will never be forgotten.

  18. Professor Krahmer taught me Commercial Law in 1982. I have been now been practicing Commercial Law and Bankruptcy for 35 years in Texas. He was one of my favorite professors at Tech and was a great influence on my life. I remember his colorful ties that he wore every day to class. My deepest sympathies go to his family for this huge loss. Erin B. Shank, Texas Tech Law School Class of 1983

  19. Janette Ansolabehere

    I had the great privilege to have Professor Krahmer for two classes. He was a wonderful teacher and I will always be grateful that I had that opportunity to be in his classes. Plus, he was an all around nice man. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.

  20. Harrison Ownbey

    Dear Ana, Alyssa, Sandi, and Ben,

    I am honored to have met such an intelligent, kind, and thoughtful soul as John. Thank you for opening your home and lives to myself and so many others who met him because of your friendship.

    Heartfelt condolences to you all.

  21. What a tremendous loss, both personally and professionally. Prof. Krahmer was always available to give his incredibly knowledgeable insights whenever needed, both while one was in school and in need, as well as once one left TT Law and embarked on a career. I always enjoyed our talks. RIP.

  22. Dear Family,
    I wish to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.The pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible’s promises give comfort and hope. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:4. I hope this will give your family comfort and hope. If you would like to know more about what the Bible promises, please visit: free of charge or obligation.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Kristy

  23. Michelle Myers Montemayor

    John Kramer’s family and colleagues: I just found out about his passing. I have fond memories of being in his classes and I remember him calling on me once when I was day dreaming. I’m pretty sure he knew I was a thousand miles away and he wanted to bring me back to class. He was a great teacher and he will be missed. My sympathies to you all.

  24. I was a student of Professor Krahmer over 43 years ago. He was a fine professor and scholar. I was very sorry to learn of his passing. You have my deepest sympathy and are in my prayers.

  25. Jennifer Doak Carruth

    Dear Friends—

    Professor Krahmer taught my very first class in law school, and may more after it. It was a privilege to work with him on Texas Bank Lawyer. One of my favorite memories was when he asked me a question and I answered incorrectly. He didn’t scold or correct me. He simply worked to ask me a series of questions I did know the answer to, and then, having led me to all the pieces, asked me the first question again. And I got it right! And he smiled so big and so did I!

    He taught me not just about the law, but about being a good lawyer, a better teacher, and a better person. The world was better with him in it. Thankfully he influenced a lot of lives, and hopefully we can live up to it. He is dearly missed.

    Love and hugs to you all!

    Jennifer Doak Carruth

  26. Celeste Scalise-Qubrosi

    Although I hated the UCC and contracts he made the topic very interesting and engaging. He was always available for questions. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

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