Gloria Hayes Kremer, an award-winning columnist and travel writer for the Jewish Exponent, died Oct. 3. A Jenkintown resident, the former Gloria Forch was 89 years old.
During the ’70s, Hayes Kremer penned a column for the Jewish Exponent called “Dimensions,” an appropriate title given the journalist/playwright’s protean talents. Her column focused on a wide variety of local issues, such as the revitalized lives of Soviet Jewry emigres in Philadelphia. She also wrote about myriad personalities, including a touching take on the life of a local blacksmith’s son.
In 1977, “Dimensions” won the journalist a local Sigma Delta Chi Award, with her piece on “South 7th Street Revisited” earning special commendation.
As she traveled the world writing of faraway places for this publication and others, including the late Evening and Sunday Bulletin and the Inquirer, she was as down-to-earth as she had been earlier in her career, when her writing focus was on shows for children.
Indeed, her musical based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin played the Academy of Music 50 years ago, revived 10 years ago at the Hedgerow Theatre.
Audiences also gave her a hand for her skills at puppetry, which she exhibited at varied local venues over the years.
She is survived by a daughter, Randi Kremer; two sons, Robert Haaz and Richard Haaz; and five grandchildren.