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RICHARD LEE KLEIN Passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Northern Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife and son, his mother and father, Anne and (retired Foreign Service Officer) David Klein of La Jolla, CA; two brothers, Steven of Greensboro, NC and John of San Clemente, CA; two sisters, Jeannie (Barbara) of Londonderry, NH and his twin, Suzanne of New York, NY. Richard's older brother, Peter, preceded him in death. He also leaves behind four nieces and two nephews.
Richard was born on May 8, 1958, in Bonn, Germany. Following his high school graduation from St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA and earning his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, he began his professional career in the early 1980's with the United States Army. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in August 1983, and continued as a Commissioned Officer in Monterey, CA, followed by 18 months in Istanbul, Turkey. In September 1987, after four years of service, he was honorably discharged as an Artillery Officer with the rank of First Lieutenant.
Richard officially joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December, 1987. Over the next 25 plus years, his distinguished career included serving as a member of the SWAT team while holding various ranks of ascendancy in the Criminal Division. As a member of the government's Senior Executive Service, Richard continued to broaden the scope of his expertise in holding executive positions with the Bureau's Financial Management Division and, ultimately, the Counterterrorism Division.
His accomplished career in the institution spanned decades and was marked by accolades for his steadfast service to his country. Richard was recognized for his breadth of expertise, and for his unwavering commitment in all he undertook. He was a true civil servant, upholding the Bureau's principles of fidelity, bravery and integrity - in both word and deed.
Richard was an avid reader, enjoyed classical music, and - above all - considered the role of father to be the consummate calling and purpose of his life. In that role, he will be remembered by his son as the 'buddy' who loved him unconditionally and who filled the world with boundless joy and kindness.
While Richard will be missed by many, he will be remembered as a gentleman and a scholar-a man of integrity, character, benevolence, and humility.
His final resting place is in Quantico, Virginia. Farewell, sweet Prince. May God rest your soul.
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 21, 2013