Cornelis Klein

Albuquerque, New Mexico

1937 - 2016

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Good bye my friend and mentor. You are remembered every day in my cyrstallography and mineralogy courses.

My most heartfelt goodbye to one of the greatest minds I've ever met. He popped into my head today and wondered if he was still alive, but found myself here. Just as Robert Earle, I found myself in the "weeder" mineralogy class at UNM (was it a weeder? Maybe thankfully I didn't have to take hydrogeology!) which took me twice to pass. Barely. Toughest C I've ever earned! This experience also contributed to me feeling like I EARNED my B.Sc. (anth-archy w. geology minor). I will also...

Lighting a candle for you my Dear Friend (Prof., Cornelis (Kase) Klein. May you Forever RIP. June 1, 2017.

After nearly being "weeded out" of geology by Dr. Klein's Mineralogy / Petrology courses at IU in 1980, he challenged me to "try again", which I did. As tough as his courses were, I set my sights on getting a BS in Geology at Indiana University and I never looked back. I never saw anyone fill a chalkboard with multi-coloured artwork like he could! He set the bar high and and by the time I graduated, I felt like I'd really earned my degree. Since then I have forged a...

Shirley, seeing you at the United Way event tonight was such a happy/sad occasion. We were saddened to learn that Kase had suddenly passed away so recently but happy to reconnect with you. It was the Norway cruise where we met. We really enjoyed our time with both of you on that cruise. You have our deepest sympathy in your loss of such a wonderful man. His sudden unexpected passing is a good lesson for us all to live for today for we never know what tomorrow will bring. I hope you can...

An inspirational scientist and an incredible mentor. I am deeply saddened at this loss. Shirley, Mark, and Stephanie, please accept my deepest condolences.

Dr. Klein was such an inspirational force for me and a friend that I studied with at UNM to the extent that we almost had a standing appointment with him during his office hours. I have never forgotten this man even though it was in 1986 and 1987 when I was fortunate enough to have attended his mineraology classes. He had such a passion for teaching and wanted all his students to FULLY understand the material he provided.

I was sad to hear of his passing and my deepest...

Case was a good friend to us at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. He helped us to increase and responsibly care for our mineral collection and mineral exhibits for many years at the Museum. We valued his great expertise and his association with us, and we especially valued his friendship. We will miss him. Our sincere sympathies to his family.

Jayne Aubele and Larry Crumpler

Kase was a true scholar and a gentleman. I enjoyed our association during my time at E&PS. No words can describe the incredible life of this man! Deepest sympathy to Shirley and all his family.


Cornelis's Obituary

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...

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