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Retired pediatrics professor, Martin H. Klein, M.D., is laid to rest at 95

MARTIN HOWARD KLEIN,  a pediatrician and retired professor of pediatrics, who lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago, passed away in El Paso, TX, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. He was 95.

DR. MARTIN KLEIN

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Jo “Jody” Jacob Klein; his two sons, Kent A. Klein and Dr. Terren D. Klein; and his daughter, Anne Sere Klein Hernandez (Dr. Al Hernandez); his brothers Burton G. Klein (Jerri) and Dr. A. James Klein; his sister-in-law Seryn Khis six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Born the oldest of five brothers in Pittston, PA, Klein proudly served his country during World War II and fought in several theaters of action in Europe, earning the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star. He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat at Anzio Beach, Italy, where he remained hospitalized for several months.

Upon his recovery and following the conclusion of the war, he came to New Orleans where he entered Tulane University. His four younger brothers eventually followed his lead, moving to New Orleans and also enrolling in Tulane. At one time, while all at Tulane, the siblings shared a house on Robert Street, cementing the love, loyalty and friendship they would share for a lifetime.

Dr. Klein graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans and completed a Pediatrics residency at Tulane Medical Center. He entered private practice with Dr. Bob Deshautreaux in 1959 and retired 47 years later in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.

During those many years, he treasured his relationships with the thousands of patients who remembered him for his warm smile and his genuine care and concern.  

He was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tulane Medical Center where he taught a countless number of pediatric residents. Later, he was the Chief of Staff at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Among his many memberships and community involvement, he was the medical director at Catholic Charities Home for Battered Women, a board member for many years at the Metropolitan YMCA of New Orleans and president of the Lakewood South and North Property Owners Association. \

Dr. Klein  was a member of numerous local, state, and national pediatrics and medical societies.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Kleins moved to El Paso, Texas, to be closer to family members.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Jo “Jody” Jacob Klein; his two sons, Kent A. Klein and Dr. Terren D. Klein; and his daughter, Anne Sere Klein Hernandez (Dr. Al Hernandez); his brothers Burton G. Klein (Jerri) and Dr. A. James Klein; his sister-in-law Seryn Khis six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Private funeral services for family members only will be held on Tuesday, September 29.

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