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Klaus Musmann, Ph.D.
June 27, 1935 Sept. 26, 2013
Klaus Musmann, former director of the Armacost Library at University of Redlands and the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, passed away at his home in Beaumont, California, on Thursday, September 26, 2013.
In addition to his positions as a librarian, Klaus authored numerous articles on library science for professional journals as well as several books, one of which was recently published in 2013 and was the result of a six-month sabbatical from Notre Dame de Namur University whereby he travelled in Europe to research and write. He also enjoyed serving on many committees for both universities and was the recipient of several research grants from both institutions. His professional activities are extensive.
The journey of his lifetime began at his birthplace in Magdeburg in the former East Germany; he escaped to West Germany, and in 1957 he came to the United States where, in Michigan, he completed much of his advanced education, eventually arriving in Southern California where he raised his family and earned his Ph.D. In 1986 he married Lois Steele Clapp whom he met while she was engaged in music research at the library at the University of Redlands.
Klaus received his B.A. in German and Geography from Wayne State University in 1962, his M.A. in Library Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1963, his M.A. in Modern German Literature from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1967, and his Ph.D. in Library and Information Management from the University of Southern California in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, and children Carlton Musmann and Michelle Musmann, and his grandchildren Christian, Jaron, and Courtney Musmann, and Gianni and Giordon Roque. He was a member of the Fortnightly Club and is remembered for his attention to scholarly detail, his sardonic wit, and his enjoyment of the company of good friends.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 419 S. Fourth Street, Redlands, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM with a reception following in the parish hall. Contributions in Klaus's memory may be made payable to Trinity Episcopal Church, and designated for "Music".
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Sept. 29, 2013
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"Lois, deep sympathies. Klaus gave me my first professional job and mentored me very kindly. Without him..."
- Angelynn King
"Dear Lois, We were so sorry to hear about Klaus. I really enjoyed working with him. He contributed to..."
- Jennifer & Wayne Altenberg
"Der Lois, I am so sad to hear of Klaus' passing. I have great memories of him at the library (ndnu). His..."
- Patricia Medina
"Dear Lois, I was so sorry to hear about Klaus's passing. I enjoyed working with him at NDNU Library and..."
- Judy Castillo
"Dear Lois. Klaus & You left us (NDNU Library) 3 years ago, and now Klaus is going to leave Us forever...."
- Hai Huynh
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