Robert Lawrence Klein died on January 22, 2018. He was ninety-six years old
Bob was born on July 27, 1921, in Cedarhurst, NY., to Paul Klein and Dora Miller Klein. He joined his brother, Paul M. Klein, Jr., in the family.
A graduate, with Honors, of Stevens Institute of Technology, in 1942, he went on to take a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stevens in 1943.
Bob’s career also began at Stevens as a Research Fellow in the Department of Powder Metallurgy, where he worked on varying projects on metal powders, including a U.S. defense program involving electric motors in aircraft.
His next job was a Chief Engineer of the Presmet Corporation in Worcester, Massachusetts, followed by a move with his family to New Jersey, in 1950, where he founded a new manufacturing company for making aluminum windows, then a burgeoning product. After a successful seventeen years in the business, the company was sold, in 1969, and Bob retired… but only partially, remaining active on the Board of the First Morris Bank, and then forming, with a small group of investors, Morris Cablevision, just as that new field was developing. The company was sold in 1982.
In retirement, Bob devoted himself to tennis, playing in USTA sectional tournaments up and down the Eastern seaboard. In the 1980’s, a resident now of both New Jersey and Naples, Florida, Bob held the Number 1 rank in Florida for four consecutive years in the 80-age group, and eventually ranked 9th in the U.S. in the age group as well. He continued to play regional and national tennis into his nineties, and in 2013, was the Men’s Singles Champion in Florida.
As always an active community volunteer, Bob served as President of the Morristown, N.J. Board of Education, and on the Board of Family Service of Morris County. He was also a Board member of the Naples Music Club.
Music was always important in Bob’s life. He played saxophone and clarinet in his college band and orchestra, was a member of the Morristown Clarinet Quartet for forty years, and played bass clarinet in the Naples Concert Band for twenty-five years.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Bartlett, of Naples; daughter, Mara Jayne Miller, of New York City; and son, David Lawrence (Joanne), of Glassboro, N.J.. Also surviving are his grandson, Robert Townsend Miller, and great-grandchildren Emily, Jeffrey, and Audrey Grace Miller; stepsons, Dwight and Neal
Reynolds and step-grand- children, Justin, Elizabeth, Adam, Brian, and Craig Reynolds.
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