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CLINE, Richard DR. RICHARD E. CLINE Dr. Richard E. Cline, age 91, died on May 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife Janet Kunzelman Cline, his sons Kenneth and Ronald and daughter Karen Ducote, and his sister Jessie Cline McCardell. He will be buried at the Georgia National (Veterans) Cemetery in Canton, Ga., on May 9. Dr. Cline was a research chemist for the Center for Disease Control from 1961 to 1990 working at facilities in Savannah, Ga., and Atlanta. His specialty was toxicology and much of his work was in the fields of insect biochemistry, pesticides and gas chromatography, which he used to investigate numerous poisoning incidents around the world. His research appeared in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Economic Entomology, and the Journal of Insect Physiology, among others. Prior to his service for the U.S. government, Dr. Cline served as an associate research physiological chemist for the UCLA Medical School in Los Angeles, from 1953 to 1961. He did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (1952-1953), Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, (1951-1952) and Caltech in Pasadena (1949-1951). He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1949 and his BS from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., in 1942. Dr. Cline was born on February 13, 1921 in Mt. Jackson, Va. His parents, Jesse Walter Cline and Mabelle May Dingledine, moved to Chambersburg, Penn., in 1923 but returned to Mt. Jackson in 1934, where he attended high school. His sister recalls his skill at piano (he enjoyed listening to classical music in later life) and how he helped to fund some of her education out of his own money. While a senior at William & Mary in 1941, Dr. Cline worked during the summer at the Newport News ship yard as an electrician's assistant on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet, which later fought at Midway and other World War II battles in the Pacific. After graduating from William & Mary, Dr. Cline worked briefly at the Texas Co. (now Texaco) in Beacon, N.Y., before taking the exams for military officer school. Failing to pass the exams due to a deficiency in color vision, he abandoned his military deferment at the start of 1943 and allowed himself to be drafted into the Army, where he served in the 895th Chemical Company, which was attached to the 312th Bombardment Group, 5th Group, of the U.S. Army Air Force. On October, 18, 1943, the unit sailed on a Liberty ship bound for the Pacific war and was stationed, consecutively, in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa. While Dr. Cline, who attained the rank of corporal, was never directly involved in combat, his unit performed a valuable service loading chemical munitions onto the Air Force bombers. He once remarked that he spent the war "trying to catch up" with the bombers, meaning that by the time his unit had set up operations on a particular airfield, U.S. forces had advanced further across the Pacific so the entire process had to be started anew. His unit returned to the States in December 1945 aboard the troopship USS Hanover. After a stay in Tacoma, Wash., the unit took a train to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina where Dr. Cline received his discharge papers on January 6. He returned to Mt. Jackson and subsequently applied for graduate school at Indiana University under the GI Bill. While doing his post-doctoral work in Pasadena, Dr. Cline met Janet Kunzelman at a YMCA dance and married her on July 22, 1950, taking up residence in Long Beach. Their first son, Kenneth, was born on May 27, 1954, daughter Karen on April 22, 1956, and son Ronald on January 26, 1958. The family moved in 1961 to Savannah, where Dr. Cline worked for the CDC at the Oatland Island facility. When this facility was closed due to budget cuts, he transferred to the Doraville CDC facility in 1974, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. His later years were spent on hobbies such as gardening (he was famous for his blueberry pies), constructing his own oscilloscope and family genealogy - he is the sixth-generation descendent of a Lutheran minister (George Klein) who emigrated to New Jersey from Germany's Saar Valley in 1738. He left his Norcross residence in 2010 to live with his wife at Presbyterian Village in Austell, Ga. Davis-Struempf Funeral Home & Crematory, Austell in charge of arrangements. www.davisstruempf.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 9, 2012
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