Eugenia Ann Klein (1928 - 2018)

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Klein, Eugenia Ann Eugenia Ann Klein, age 90, died 7/31/18, at Dolan Memory Care, Conway House, in Creve Coeur, MO, after a brief illness. Eugenia was born in New York City in 1928 into a publishing and literary family. Her mother, Beu- lah Hagen, was the assistant to Cass Canfield, president and acquiring editor of Harper & Brothers, and she worked with iconic writers such as E.B. White, James Thurber, and Thornton Wilder. Eugenia's uncle was Glenway Wescott, the author of The Grandmothers, Apartment in Athens, and The Pilgrim Hawk. In 1966, Eugenia went to work for the C.V. Mosby Com- pany, a health sciences publisher in St. Louis, Missouri. Euge- nia rose to become Mosby's first female medical acquisitions editor and was responsible for the publication of classic medi- cal references such as Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics, Jaffe: Cataract Surgery, Ryan: Retina, Hunter: Rehabilitation of the Hand, and Johnson: Arthroscopic Surgery. Eugenia retired from Mosby as executive editor in 1994 after 28 years at the firm. In 2003, her significant contributions to medical publish- ing were recognized when she won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Publishers Association. Eugenia was a role model and mentor to many women during her successful publishing career. Eugenia enjoyed singing and was an accomplished soprano. For many years Eugenia was a member of the Cosmopolitan Singers and the Washington University Civic Chorus. In her retirement years, Eugenia contributed her editing skills volun- teering with St. Louis Oasis in the production of their activity catalog. Eugenia loved traveling the U.S., particularly to her favorite states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and California, but she also enjoyed and supported the many cultural gifts of St. Louis, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Repertory Theatre, Stages St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Eugenia was also a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Eugenia was a loving mother, a loyal friend, and a dedicated, professional colleague who will be missed by all. Eugenia is survived by her children, Cord Klein, of Milwaukee, WI, Keith Klein (Regina), Eileen Pacino, Nancy O'Brien (Marty), of St. Louis, MO, and Elizabeth Clark (H. Brent) of St. Paul, MN, her grandchildren, Kate Francis Cunningham, Matthew Klein (Shannon), David Klein, James O'Brien, Jessica O'Brien, and Martha Clark, and great-grandchildren Emelia Cunningham and Nathan Higley-Klein. Eugenia also leaves behind her beloved cousins Bruce Duke Hotchkiss (Phyllis), Sybil Albrecht Lewis (Arthur), Susan Lockhart (Kenneth), Elizabeth Aitken, and William Jacobs (Natasha). Eugenia is also survived by her dearest and oldest friend, Janet Krupnik. Eugenia's family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Dolan Memory Care, Conway House, Hope Hospice, and AW Health Care who cared for Eugenia in the last weeks of her life. A memorial service for Eugenia is planned for November 17, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a . Services: November 17, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Aug. 12, 2018
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