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Murray L. Klein

Murray L. Klein, an advertising copywriter, whose wit and urbane tone infused both his professional and personal life, died on October 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. He was 83. Mr. Klein formerly resided in Manhattan and was a part-time resident of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Since 1994, he had lived in the Berkshires. Mr. Klein was affiliated with Smith/Greenland, a New York agency, for most of his career. He was responsible for the print ad in which two mansions are shown, side-by-side, with the copy being: "I was wondering if I could possibly borrow a cup of Johnnie Walker Black Label."

He was born in New York, and attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University. His passion was literature. He had read, and remembered, every book written by Anthony Trollope. Other favorites were Tolstoy, Balzac and Eliot. His love of the written word manifested itself, as well, in his volunteer activities, for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and both the Lenox and Stockbridge Libraries. A reflective person, he spoke only when he truly had something to say. He was a consummate gentleman, and admired for his humor and grace by those privileged to have known him.

He is survived by two daughters, Katharine, of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Constance, of Denver; a grandson, Jackson Lomis and his son-in-law, Charles Lomis.

His wife, Sue (McMullen) Klein, predeceased him.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), 55 Pittsfield-Lenox Road, Lenox, MA 01240 or The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, 7th Floor East, Lockbox 5193, Brooklyn, NY 11245.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 10, 2012
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