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Dr. Klein, ethics pioneer and former ADA trustee, dies

Jacksonville, Fla.—Dr. H. Raymond Klein, who rose to professional leadership as "a servant leader," died unexpectedly Sept. 22. Faith, family and profession encouraged his success and completed his person, friends and colleagues said in remembrance.

Visitation Sept. 26 at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home and services Sept. 27 at St. John's Episcopal Church honor his life. Memorials in Dr. Klein's name may be sent to the H. Raymond Klein-named fund c/o American College of Dentists Foundation, 839 J. Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 or to St. John's Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32202.

Dr. Klein served as president of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Dentists, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Florida Dental Association, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Jacksonville Dental Society and American College of Dentists Foundation. He was a trustee of the American Dental Association from 1993 to 1997.

Responses of colleagues and friends enunciate Dr. Klein's service and devotion to family, faith and profession.

  • Dr. Larry J. Cook: "Ray is my model for being a servant leader."
  • Dr. Lee Eggnatz: "I mourn the passing of a personal friend, a good husband and father, a great clinician, a willing educator, a man who worked tirelessly to advance the profession he loved."
  • Dr. Clifford Marks: "We have lost one of dentistry's great leaders. His contribution to the dental health of this country was always predicated on doing what was best and right for the dental patient."
  • Dr. Lew Walker: "Ray Klein served organized dentistry in every capacity he was called upon to serve (with) a calm demeanor, a quick intellect and a great sense of humor. His passion for dental ethics was ongoing."
  • Dr. Barry Setzer: "Ray was my mentor. I am the pediatric dentist I am today due Ray. I have tears in my eyes as I write this."
  • Dr. Albert J. Bauknecht: "No thymus thumps (chest beatings) about all he accomplished. In fact, humility and acceptance prevailed."
  • Dr. Ted Haeussner: "He practiced for children and he opened his heart for all who needed his touch."
  • Dr. Robert T. Ferris: "While I was a vice president of ADA (2004-2006), I found his advice to be the most centered and the least political. Most of us knew the anatomy of the ADA, but Ray understood the physiology, the people, the passions, the issues and how they best worked together."
  • Dr. Earl Williams: "Dentistry has lost a great advocate and a great champion. Those of us who were privileged to know him have lost a great friend."
  • Dr. Jolene Paramore: "It was a privilege and a joy to be at his (ACD) president's dinner in San Francisco, standing on my chair in a formal gown to get a glimpse of his and (wife) Renee's walk through the crowd while the Florida section cheered wildly and the bagpipes played."
  • Dr. Samuel O. Dorn: "Ray was one of my idols in dentistry, not only for his vast knowledge and personal integrity, but also for his wisdom in how to live a balanced life richly and joyfully. He was a loving husband to Renee and a devoted father and grandfather."

Dr. Klein pioneered ethics program development in Florida dental schools that "assisted the ethical understanding of 2485 students," colleagues said. The Florida Section of the American College of Dentists honored him with a fund in his name to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry.

Dr. Klein is survived by his mother, Esther Marlowe, his wife Renee, their three children and six grandchildren and by his daughter and family. "He was above all a loving father, wonderful dad and friend and mentor to many," said a son.

A native of Vincennes, Ind., he was graduated from Indiana University's pediatric dentistry graduate program in 1964 and was the first board certified pediatric dentist in Jacksonville, starting his practice in 1965.