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“So sad to hear of Rick's passing. He was always a pleasure to work with and talk to. As a fellow sailor, Vickie and I enjoyed discussions and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Ted Wickman - Lake Wales, FL

“Rick was an amazing friend which came easy for him as he was an amazing person. He and Karen welcomed us to Charleston with warmth and wit...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Laber-Laird - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“It always started with 'Hi, Honey!!!' It always involved great food, great wine, new experiences and old favorites. There was always a 'new place...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Bev Rosella - Lewes, DE - Family

“Rick and I were in grad school together so many years ago. His old friends have told endless stories of his sense of humor and the parties he and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Carol Marzetta - Stonington, CT

Delilah & Samson “Ricks' beloved dogs stayed at his side throughout his last days. They were such a comfort to him. Rest In Peace Rick. You are loved and missed by so...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Msaymi - Monroe Township, NJ

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Worked with Dr. Klein with the VA...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Chloe Myers Backman - Coworker

“Rick was a terrific person. I was honored to know him as a patient and colleague. He also generously served as a mentor for my daughter with research...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Don Fox - Charleston, SC

Rick, Karen, and their kids. A wonderful day spent walking and talking through natural splendor. “Like so many others, Rick was kind to me, welcomed me to dinner, and set an example for life, friendship, and love that changed my life. He and Karen...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Josh and Melissa Simon - SC

“Dear Karen:Pragna and I are very saddened by demise of Rick. I have very fond memories of him and you. May his soul Rest In Peace and give you...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ramesh Shah - Durham, NC - Friend

It is with great sadness that I must tell you of the passing of Richard L. Klein, PhD, Professor and Research Scientist who died at home, June 2, 2020, after a long struggle with brain cancer. Rick was a patient and excellent mentor, greatly appreciated by all who struggled with the complexities of isolating and characterizing lipoproteins and studying their metabolism in cell-based systems. He provided unstinting guidance to innumerable trainees. He was an outstanding teacher, guiding the careers of many clinical and basic scientists, and providing a calm, stable, and knowledgeable presence in the laboratory and classroom - all done with humility, grace, and a quirky sense of humor.

Rick and Karen, his wife of 46 years, were devoted to one another, to their families and their dogs, and were immensely hospitable to visiting students and faculty: many memorable barbecues took place at their home. Rick was an enthusiastic sailor. He had strong practical skills, most often used to help others, for example with challenging home remodeling projects or uncooperative computers. He loved woodworking and spent many hours working on projects for friends.

Rick published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, which together represent an important contribution to our understanding of atherogenesis, specifically through interactions of lipoproteins with macrophages, the consequences of lipoprotein modification by glycation and oxidation, and ensuing immune complex formation. Recently he addressed the roles of ceramides and sphingolipids in atherogenesis, and in work yet to be published, he addressed the increased risk for pre-eclampsia in women with diabetes. He maintained consistent extramural peer-reviewed funding at the national level, including a VA Merit review award that was renewed multiple times, substantial NIH funding, and past funding from the American Diabetes Association. In addition to his own projects, he served as a co-investigator on numerous others, many of which depended heavily on his expertise on cell-lipoprotein interactions.

Richard Louis Klein was the only son of the late Julia and Richard Klein of Towson, MD. He graduated from Loyola High School, Towson, MD (Class of 1969), College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (A.B., Biology, 1973), University of Texas at Dallas (M.S., Molecular Biology, 1975), and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, NC (Ph.D., Pathology, 1981). He moved to MUSC after completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is survived by his wife Karen, their recently-adopted daughter, Sofi, and their two dogs, Samson and Delilah. He is also survived by his father-in law, Robert W. Olson, sisters-in law, Barbara Msaymi (Said), Audre Wabst (Steven) and Beverly Rosella (Thomas), nephews Michael Tuhy, Kyle Wabst, nieces Vanessa Seixas, Lauren Miller, great nieces Madison Tuhy, Ava Wabst, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Glioblastoma Foundation ( <>), the American Diabetes Association (<>), or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (<>).

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel.

A Celebration of Rick's life will be held at a future date.