Our LSU Health family has lost a valued colleague and friend with the passing of Dr. Russell Klein on September 2, 2018 as a result of complications of meningitis. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 8, at Schoen’s Funeral Home on Canal Street in New Orleans.
Russell Charles Klein, MD was born on May 30, 1935 and was a native New Orleanian. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Guinn Klein, his brother Edward J. Klein, Jr., and his children Steven David Klein, Robin Irene Klein, and his beloved rescue dog, Jessie. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Scott (Greg), loving nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends and colleagues.
He was a graduate of Jesuit High School, Loyola University and received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1959. He did his residency training at Charity Hospital and completed a pulmonary fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He served our country as a medical officer in the United States Army (Honorable Discharge) in Germany from 1961-63.
Dr. Klein joined the LSU School of Medicine faculty in 1967 and served in many roles, including Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, and retiring as Emeritus Professor in 2010. His distinguished career included many professional positions including Director of Respiratory Therapy at the Medical Intensive Care unit at Charity Hospital. He was active in organized medicine, serving in leadership roles in the Orleans Parish Medical Society and as President of the Louisiana State Medical Society. In 2009 the LSU Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of the Chancellor, named the Center for Advanced Practice Simulation Center at the School of Medicine the Russell C. Klein MD (’59) Center for Advanced Practice. Dr. Klein authored and co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and in 2010 published “A History of the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.” He was actively involved in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American College of Chest Physician and the Association of American Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement. Over his more than a half-century of service to his alma mater, Russell’s contributions to the School of Medicine were truly incalculable.