PROFESSOR EMERITUS KARL K. KLEIN
Born May 15, 1916, in Buffalo, N.Y., Professor Klein died peacefully in
his sleep on Oct. 31, 2003, in Ithaca, N.Y., following a stroke. Karl's
military service included two years assisting in physical rehabilitation
at the U.S. Naval Rehabilitation Center in Corvallis, Ore. Early in his
career Professor Klein lived in Ithaca, N.Y., while teaching at Ithaca
College, then Springfield, Mass., while working on his masters degree.
The next 43 years found him at the University of Texas at Austin. After
retirement, he and his wife, Marjorie, moved back to their cabin in
Ithaca, N.Y., where they had spent their summers while in Texas. In 1990
they moved to Longview retirement community in Ithaca, across the highway
from Ithaca College.
At UT Austin Professor Klein started and was director of the Physical
Rehabilitation Clinic, helping people from all walks of life. His work
also included federally funded research related to sports injury
prevention programs, analysis of short leg syndrome, and studies that led
to the prohibition of deep knee bends in all branches of the military.
His work was recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine, and
one of his testing instruments is at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
He always refused payment from people he helped, instead asking that they
donate to scholarship funds he and Marjorie established. Professor Klein
was widely published in professional journals and was invited and
traveled to numerous countries to present professional information. A
major pride in his life was, as a non-medical doctor, being asked to
present his work at national and international medical conferences.
Professor Klein is survived by Marjorie M. (Mount) Klein, wife of more
than 66 years; son Keith K. Klein of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.;
granddaughter Kitty Reed, her husband John and great-grandsons Austin and
Dylan, of Evergreen, Colo.; and granddaughter Lemoore Roth and her
husband David, of North Fork, Calif. He was predeceased by his daughter
Karen K. Klein.
A memorial service will be begin 3 pm Sunday Nov. 23, 2003, at Longview
Auditorium, 1 Bella Vista Dr., Ithaca, N.Y. (607-375-6300). In lieu of
flowers, donations in his name are requested to charities or scholarship
funds of your choice. Please send written memories to be read at the
service c/o Roberta Dingman, 226 Bella Vista Dr., Ithaca, N.Y.
(607-375-6638), or e-mail to KittyReed@peoplepc.com (303-670-1720). A
Memory Book will be compiled. The family will have a private inurnment at
a later date.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 9, 2003.