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Klein, Cornelis (Kase) Ph.D.

Cornelis (Kase) Klein, Ph.D., age 78, beloved husband of Shirley Morrison, died unexpectedly in his sleep on June 1, 2016. Cornelis, or Kees as he was known to his family, and Kase to his American friends, was a noted mineralogist with a long and distinguished career.

Kase was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands on September 4, 1937. He emigrated to Montreal, Canada, at age 17 where he graduated from McGill University with BSc. and MSc. degrees in Geology, and met and married Angela Knobbs. Kase subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Geology at Harvard University and taught there for 7 years. He then became a tenured professor in the Geology Department at the University of Indiana at Bloomington earning a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Kase moved to Albuquerque in 1984 as Professor and Chair in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, now retired as Professor Emeritus. Kase has authored or co-authored the mineralogy field's premier texts including Manual of Mineral Science (now in its 22nd Edition) and the newer Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology as well as numerous studies and papers on the subject of iron formation for which he is world renowned. A dedicated teacher, as well as a scholar, Kase gained great satisfaction from preparing lectures and inspiring countless students. He had a spirited personality, and true to his Dutch heritage, he was a connoisseur of flowers, chocolate, and cheese. Kase is remembered as a very honest, moral, and responsible man concerned about the common good.

Kase was a devoted husband and father who would come home for family dinners before returning to his research lab late at night. He also cared for his beloved late wife, Angela, during her 10 year battle with cancer. A proud grandfather of five, Kase visited his New York City-based family often. Always involved in his community, Kase met Shirley Morrison at Rotary Club. They married in 1998 and with renewed joy and purpose, Kase embarked on a second career as a guest lecturer for Harvard Alumni Association Travels. He and Shirley then traveled the world.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, Kase is survived by his children, Mark Klein and wife, Laura and Stephanie Stahl and husband, Jack; and grandchildren, Alexandra and Hugh Klein and Max, Miles, and Bo Peponis.

Services will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Congregation B'Nai Israel Synagogue, 4401 Indian School Rd. NE. Donations may be made to the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Geological Society of America, or Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. Please visit our online guest book for Kase at


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Published in Albuquerque Journal from June 3 to June 5, 2016
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