Chapel Hill, NC - Caroline Marie Klein, M.D., Ph.D., of Chapel Hill, NC, age 56, passed away on April 27, 2017, at the Hospice Home in Burlington, NC, following a courageous six year battle with cancer. Dr. Klein was born on August 5, 1960, in Rochester, NH, to the late Grover Hugh Klein and Sara Elizabeth Edwards Klein. A native of Asheville, NC, she received her BA degree [Medieval-Renaissance Studies & Physiology (dual major)] from Duke University, her PhD [Anatomy and Cell Biology] from East Carolina University in 1988 and her MD degree from UT-Galveston in 1994 with AOA honors. In addition she was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Neurobiology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. She received her neurological training at the University of Virginia (1995 - 1998) and then did 3 fellowships at Mayo Clinic - Rochester in peripheral nerve, EMG and Clinical Autonomic Research before joining the Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In 2003 she joined the Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology at UNC - Chapel Hill to direct and build the neuropathy and autonomic programs. She retired due to her illness a few years ago. She was an active member of numerous neurological related organizations, participated in peer review for several medical journals, and served as a member of the editorial board of Neurology. Dr. Klein also authored or co-authored many scholarly peer-reviewed publications related to her extensive research throughout the years. As was so aptly stated by a colleague, she was a "neurologist's neurologist with every 'i' dotted and every 't' crossed". Her patients adored her and it will never be known how many lives she has touched through her practice of medicine as well as teaching and mentoring students and residents.
Dr. Klein attended the Gathering Church of Durham, NC, and was a part of the Women's Bible Study group that met weekly, though in recent months she was unable to attend because of her health. She loved animals (especially cats), going to the beach, spending time with her family, reading, and Duke University basketball.
Dr. Klein was preceded in death by her parents, aunts and uncles: Jim and Francis Evans of Aiken, SC; Ed and Marian Dukes of Asheville, NC; Val and Polly Timson of Boston, MA; cousins Norman and Bill Dukes. She is survived by her brothers, Jack and his wife Ruth Ann Klein of Leicester, NC, Mark and his wife Mandy Klein of Kingsport, TN, and Joseph and his wife Jocelyn Klein of Arden, NC; nephews and niece, Jeffrey Klein, Beth Klein, Christian Klein, and Benjamin Klein; cousins Anne, Jean, Mary, Margie, and Chris Timson of Boston, MA, and their extended families; and her beloved cat, Sunny. In addition, she will be lovingly missed by numerous colleagues and friends throughout the United States. Dr. Klein was also preceded in death by her much loved cats, Charlie, Muffin, and Shadow.
The Klein family will receive family and friends for a visitation on Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill with the funeral service to follow in the chapel at 2 p.m. A graveside service followed by interment will take place on Monday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in Green Hills Cemetery, Asheville, NC. Both services will be officiated by Rev. Mark Acuff.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dr. Klein's favorite charity, Safe Haven for Cats, of Raleigh, NC - www.safe havenforcats.org
Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is honored to serve the Klein family. Online condolences may be offered at www.walkers funeralservice.com
Published by Asheville Citizen-Times on May 3, 2017.