Donald Charles Klein, Ph.D.
August 10, 1923 - June 8, 2007, yet always with us in our hearts!

 


Life & Work

In June 2007, our beloved Donald C. Klein passed away. Please see Alan Klein's invitation to commemorate his father's life, and please see further down our condolences, or, more precisely, our love letters to Don.
We are shattered and, for the moment, speechless.

Dear Becca and Alan! We are holding your hands in this difficult moment of losing your father and grandfather.
Don was and will always be, one of the central pillars of our work and our group. He is on the Board of our Directors and will always be there.
He always spoke to us about Awe and Wonderment. About our human ability to live in awe and wonderment, not just when we see a beautiful sun set or the majesty of the ocean, but always. That we can live in a state of awe and wonderment. And we do that, Don explained, by leaving behind the psychology of projection. The psychology of projection is like a scrim, this was Don's message, a transparent stage curtain, where you believe that what you see is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way. However, it is not reality. It is a projection. And in order to live in awe and wonderment, we have to look through this scrim and let go of all the details that appear on it, in which we are so caught up. When we do that, we can see the beautiful sun set, the majestic ocean, always, in everything.
We are all inconsolable!
We are with you, dear Don, wherever you may be now!
And we promise to always remember that we can live in Awe and Wonderment, always!
Evelin, on behalf on our entire HumanDHS network!
Sunday, June 10, 2007

Let us always enfold Don in our network, in spirit!
Donald C. Klein, Ph.D., was also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, and the HumanDHS Research Team.

For more than 35 years Donald C. Klein, Ph.D. has consulted with executives and professional leaders of business, government, religious, educational, health, and human service organizations and with citizens involved in local community development programs in the United States and other countries. This work has had to do with: increasing organizational effectiveness; mentoring and management development; program development in community mental health; individual, organizational, and community empowerment; and dealing with interpersonal, inter-divisional, and interorganizational differences.

Trained in Clinical Psychology at the U. of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1952), his earlier work was concerned with community mental health and preventive psychiatry. Since then he has focused increasingly on how to empower people to bring about needed change in the groups, organizations, and communities that affect their well-being.

Since 1978, Donald has been a Core Faculty member of the doctoral program of the Union Institute and University, which offers unique, accredited, non-campus undergraduate and graduate degree programs for adult learners. Subsequently, he was Professor Emeritus of the Graduate College of The Union Institute & University.

He was associate editor of The Journal of Primary Prevention and recipient of the Distinguished Practice Award from the Division of Community Psychology, American Psychological Association.

A Certified Psychologist (inactive), Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Donald was also a Diplomate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The American Board of Professional Psychology.

Don kindly wrote (May 26, 2007):
As my contribution to appreciative e-mailing, I'd be delighted to make copies of my book New Vision, New Reality available to network members at close to cost. the book describes the state of "Appreciative Being" that Evelin refers to as a state of awe and wonderment. The book sells for $11.00 plus postage. Network members can purchase it for $10.00, including postage anywhere in the world. To order copies, send checks made out to Sea Otter Press and address them to: Sea Otter Press, 11006 Wood Elves Way, Columbia, MD 21044. With love, Don Klein.

 

Publications & Articles

  Alan Klein (Don's son) (2012)
Past Master: Don Klein
First published in Practising Social Change, Issue 05, May 2012, pp. 48-49. 
   
 


Donald C. Klein (2005)
The Humiliation Dynamic: Looking to the Past and Future
Paper presented at the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York, December 15-16, 2005. Please see also Looking to the Past, Looking to the Future, New Years Greetings: 2006!

   
  Donald C. Klein (2004)
Appreciative Psychology: An Antidote to Humiliation
Final paper prepared for the 2004 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York, November 18-19, 2004.
   
 

Donald C. Klein (2004)
Community MetaFunctions and the Humiliation Dynamic
Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting on Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Paris, France, September 16-18, 2004 (not to be cited without author's authorization).

   
  Klein, Donald C. (2003)
Forword
In Pransky, Jack (Ed.), Prevention From Inside-Out, Bloomington, in Authorhouse.
   

Donald C. Klein (2001)
New Vision, New Reality - A Guide to Unleashing Energy, Joy, and Creativity in Your Life. With: Kathleen Morrow
Softcover, 264 pages
ISBN: 1568385765
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services
Published Year: 2001
List Price: $15.00 Each
Your Price: $13.50 Each
Description:
New Vision, New Reality presents a promising new approach to realizing our human potential by reclaiming our birthright to energy, joy, and creativity. Demonstrating how we all configure our world through personal perceptions, author Donald Klein shows that by removing self-imposed protective filters we can see and experience more fully the good things in life. Guided exercises illustrate how to stop projecting our fears and shortcomings and instead view the world through a lens of appreciation.
Don kindly wrote (May 26, 2007):
As my contribution to appreciative e-mailing, I'd be delighted to make copies of my book New Vision, New Reality available to network members at close to cost. the book describes the state of "Appreciative Being" that Evelin refers to as a state of awe and wonderment. The book sells for $11.00 plus postage. Network members can purchase it for $10.00, including postage anywhere in the world. To order copies, send checks made out to Sea Otter Press and address them to: Sea Otter Press, 11006 Wood Elves Way, Columbia, MD 21044. With love, Don Klein.

   
 

Donald C. Klein (2000)
Creating Social Glue in the Community: A Psychologist's View
Revised version of paper presented at Rising Tide: Community Development for a Changing World, 32nd annual conference of the Community Development Society, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, July 26, 2000.

   
 

Donald C. Klein (1997)
Simu-Real: A Large Group Method for Organizational Change
Klein Consulting

   
 

Donald C. Klein (1995), co-authored with Michael F. Broom
Power: The Infinite Game
Amherst, MA: HRD Press, ISBN: 0967453100

   
  Donald C. Klein (1992). Managing humiliation. The Journal of Primary Prevention, Vol 12 (3), 1992, 255-268. doi: 10.1007/BF02015513,
http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1992-34979-001
Abstract: Discusses approaches to managing attempts at humiliation by others and diminishing the need to humiliate others. Topics covered include psychological immunization, refusing the role of victim by redefining one's identity, participating in self-help and mutual support groups, using healing laughter, achieving a state of transcendent humility, and responding with one's capacity for appreciation to the potential humiliations that come one's way. The author concludes by speculating on the possibility of a world free of the humiliation dynamic. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
   
 

Donald C. Klein (1991)
The Humiliation Dynamic: An Overview
In Klein, Donald C. (Ed.), The Humiliation Dynamic: Viewing the Task of Prevention From a New Perspective, Special Issue, Journal of Primary Prevention, Part I, 12, No. 2, 1991. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers

   
  Donald C. Klein (1985, January) co-authored with Edwin C. Susskind
Community Research: Methods, Paradigms, and Applications
Edwin C. Susskind, Donald C. Klein
ISBN: 0275901718
   
  Donald C. Klein (1975)
Developing Human Services in New Communities
ISBN: 0877051720
   
 

Donald C. Klein (1968, June)
Community Dynamics and Mental Health
ISBN: 0471490504

 

Our Condolences - Or, Our Love Letters to Don!

Dharm P. S. Bhawuk was together with Don in his last minutes.
Bhawuk describes what happened (12/06/2007):

Greetings and Namaste friends!

I was in Pasadena (near Los Angeles), California, at the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) conference and was both witness to Don's last words of wisdom, and by his side when he passed away. Let me whare with you what happened. 

I was sitting at the last table at the end of the International Ballroom at Hilton Hotel in Pasadena listening to Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus on social justice, and David Chavis on Practice. Gerald Mohatt was the discussant, but he could not come, so one of his colleagues filled in for him. I do not remember her name. My friend, Cliff O'Donnel, the past president of SCRA was the moderator of the session. 

Don walked in the room and sat at my table from across me. As he listened to the presentation, he ate the packet lunch provided by the conference. He was his usual wise, mellow, majestic scholar in audience.

After people were done asking questions, he got up and walked up to the microphone, which was about 50 steps away from our table in the middle of the room. And he asked how many of us in the room knew about appreciative enquiry, had used appreciative enquiry in our work, and how many of us had found it useful. People raised their hands as he asked the three questions, and he looked around in the big hall to see how many people were familiar with appreciative enquiry. Then he told us what appreciative enquiry is: "Psychologists have traditionally looked at the empty half of the glass, and try to find the cause of the problem, and focus on the negative aspects of what we have. Appreciative Enquiry tries to find out why the glass is half-full, and how did it get to be half-filled. It then builds on those activities so that the glass can be filled and could be overfilled."

People applauded his wisdom.

He walked back to our table and sat down.

Within less than a minute, he looked at me and said he was feeling dizzy. I paused, and then walked over to sit next to him on his left side, and put my hand around him. I started rubbing his back. I asked him -- "Don, shall we call a doctor?" He said, "I don't understand." I asked my student David Jackson to call 911. David ran out to call 911 and get help from the hotel. Other people approached our table. I asked David to hold Don from the other side, because he was stooping down, and it was difficult for me to hold him by myself. David helped me to hold him from his right side. Some people at that time suggested that we should let him rest on the carpet. We lifted him from the chair, pulled the chair from under him, and put him on the floor with his legs stretched. He had closed his eyes, and had lost his pulse. 

Does anyone know CPR? [Cardiopulmonary resuscitation] A woman came forward and started giving him CPR. Two cops had come in by then, and one of them started to pump on his chest. The CPR continued until the paramedics came, and then they took over Don's care. And we were asked not to stand around him. We moved away from him, but still kept looking at him.

At 2:45 I told the police officer what had happened, and left for my session that was starting at 2:45. The parademics were talking that his pulse was back. I felt relieved as I went to my session, and shared it with people in my session that Don's pulse was back, and that the paramedics were taking care of him. Everybody felt relieved.

I asked some people about Don's health after my session, but they had no information. I went home (I was staying with my nephew). I called Poonam, my wife, and told her what had happened. She was very sorry to learn about Don's health.

Later that evening Poonam called me and said that the police officer had called her, and wanted to speak to me. I had not picked up my cell phone, so he had called her.

I called the police officer. He told me that Don had passed away at 3:15 pm. When I mentioned that Don had his pulse back at 2:45 when I left the room, he said that perhaps the pulse was not natural but due to the paramedics effort to revive his heart. 

It is plausible that Don left this world in my arms sitting in the chair.

He was not in pain in his last minutes. He was as peaceful as one can be. Whatever the physical cause of his departure, I saw him walk up to the microphone, deliver his words of wisdom about appreciative enquiry generating a warm round of applause, and then return to take his seat. And then "I am feeling dizzy," "I don't understand," were his last words. He closed his eyes in peace. We tried CPR and other treatments, but he had perhaps already left the world peacefully. 

My mother died on April 13, and I only got to see her body when I arrived in Kathmandu on April 15, 2007. My brother narrated how peacefully she left the world. I saw peace on her face when I saw her, even after almost 48 hours.

Don left the world peacefully as I put my hand around him, and continued to rub his back.

And he left his wisdom -- Appreciative Enquiry. I will appreciate the world, the people, and everything I have, and remember Don for giving me the mantra for leading a wise life. 

I thought I will share it with you, since I was there when Don celebrated his last moment on earth. What a wonderful way to leave the world -- sharing his wisdom and with peace!!!

May his soul rest in peace!

With warm regards
Bhawuk
Dharm P. S. Bhawuk
Professor of Management and
Culture and Community Psychology
Shidler College of Business
University of Hawai'i, Manoa

•  Dharm P. S. Bhawuk responded later:
Greetings and Namaste Evelin:
In my part of the world we believe it is a special relationship that brings people together in their final moment. I am sure Don's comments were for me. Don and I sharing the table without planning and thinking about it, it is a privilege and honor for me. 
If Becca and Alan want it, please put my message on the web. If not, I understand. It was really for you and others whom I know.
Don would not want you to cry. He would like you to appreciate all you have done with him and others as a team to help those who suffer humiliation. 
Have a good week.
Bhawuk
Hawai'i

•  Linda Hartling wrote (12/06/2007):
Dearest Bhawuk,
Thank you so much for sharing your account of Don's last minutes with us. This must have been a terribly upsetting experience for you, but I am so
very, very glad that Don was with you during his last moments. It helps me to know that you were there to hold him with love and compassion for
all of us.
Further, I can't thank you enough for sharing Don's last comments about appreciative inquiry. I will always carry his message of "appreciative being in my heart.
Please take good care of yourself, dear Bhawuk. We are so thankful for you!
With much love and gratitude,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  From Evelin Lindner to the entire HumanDHS network (10/06/2007):
We are all inconsolable! Our beloved Don Klein has passed away

Dear Friend of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network!
Our beloved Don Klein has passed away.
We are shattered and, for the moment, speechless.

Dear Becca and Alan!
We are holding your hands in this difficult moment of losing your father and grandfather.

Don was and will always be, one of the central pillars of our work and our HumanDHS group. He is on the Board of our Directors and will always be there.

He spoke to us about Awe and Wonderment. About our human ability to live in awe and wonderment, not just when we see a beautiful sun set or the majesty of the ocean, but always. That we can live in a state of awe and wonderment. And we do that, says Don, by leaving behind the psychology of projection. The psychology of projection is like a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where you believe that what you see is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way. However, it is not reality. It is a projection. And in order to live in awe and wonderment, we have to look through this scrim and let go of all the details that appear on it, in which we are so caught up. When we do that, we can see the beautiful sun set, the majestic ocean, always, in everything.

We are all inconsolable!
We are with you, dear Don, wherever you may be now!
And we promise to always remember that we can live in Awe and Wonderment, always!

Evelin, on behalf on our entire HumanDHS network!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
currently in Osaka
Japan

•  Rebecca Klein wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
Thank you so much for your kind message and for sharing this sad news with the rest of the HDHS Network.

Dear all,
As a friend of my dad's put it, his death is both totally inevitable, and absolutely inconceivable.
I can feel your support coming this way and look forward to future visits where we can share hugs if there are tears and many many celebratory memories.
Love,
~Becca
Columbia
USA

•  Linda Hartling wrote (10/06/2007):
Dearest Alan and Becca,
I just received Judit's message about Don. I am in shock and struck speechless by this unimaginable loss.  I'm thinking of you and sending you and your family all of my love and support.
Don was the living model of equal dignity for all. He inspired so many of us to strive for goals that we never thought possible.  He dared to believe that each of us had some special to contribute to the world and we spent our lives living up to his words of wisdom and vision.
He was our precious inspirational treasure and our dearest friend.
I can't stop crying, but I want you to know I am holding both of you in my heart.
With all my love,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Linda Hartling wrote (11/06/2007):
Dearest, dearest Becca,
We are surrounding you and your family with all of our love and support
today.
Don planted so many seeds of courage and hope in each of us. His wisdom and vision of "appreciative being" will always grow and thrive in our lives and in our work.
I know Don was so very proud of you and your ongoing efforts in the world, dear Becca. We are deeply grateful that Don brought you into our emerging global community. 
We will never be able to thank you and your dad enough for supporting Don's many contributions to the HumanDHS network. 
With profound sadness and loving appreciation,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Judit Revesz wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin and dear Linda,
I am so terribly sad to tell you what happened to Don. I am at school this weekend (last class weekend) and got the news from the professor who teaches this class that Don passed away yesterday after he finished his presentation on a community psychology conference in California. I was shocked and could not comprehend. He will live with me until the end of my life. I just cried and cried and cried and appreciated that when he had to go, he went with such a dignifying way. We kept in touch. He mentored, coached me a lot during this two year program and we were talking a lot about many different things, future of HDHS, Evelin's upcoming workshop in Bethel with Lewin Center, his trip on a cruise with his other son, my learnings and work opportunites etc. We had a wonderful dinner with Don and Alan last month in a restaurant in Georgetown and had ice cream afterwards, enjoying every moment. It rained a bit later, so we ran back to the car. His presence and spirit was always so strong. I am so grateful that I met Don through you Evelin. His love, support, inspiration, teachings, wisdom touched me so deeply. I have no words and wish to support Alan, Becca, all of us in this sad moment.
Lots of love,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Judit Revesz wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I feel the same way.
Very very sad and grateful that we had time with Don in Paris, in New York, in Bethel, in DC and he is with us. ...crying...
Lots of love,
Peace,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Judit Revesz wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Evelin and Linda,
I just got back to NY, still crying inside, shocked, peaceful and grateful at the moment.
With love,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Judit Revesz wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
Yes they are very loving letters. I also feel that he lives within me and feel that he is well where he is now.
Lots of love,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Judit Revesz wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Bhawuk,
Thank you so much for sharing what happened there with Don and you. As I read your email, I could see the two of you sitting at the table and it took my breath.
Let me try to see the beauty in this sorrowful moment.
Warm regards to you and to Poonam.
Peace,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Noam Ebner wrote (10/06/2007):
Evelin, I am so sorry. I remember the love in your voice the first time you mentioned Don to me, and understood it when reading his letters and articles. I know you have lost a pillar, on all levels. Be strong.
Love - Noam
Jerusalem
Israel

•  Maggie O'Neill wrote (10/06/2007):
Dearest Evelin, my thoughts are with Becca and Alan, yourself and Linda and Don too! A wonderful man and scholar and as you say a pillar as well as a founder of this work,
much love to you all, Maggie
Leicestershire
UK

•  Rajaganesan Dakshinamoorthi wrote (10/06/2007):
I am sorry to learn one of our Board members had passed away. Please convey my heart felt condolences to his near and dear ones.
Raja Ganesan
Madras
India

•  Francisco Gomes de Matos wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
How sad. Im praying for Dons soul. You have expressed our groups feelings most appropriately. Don has passed away but his inspiration remains. May I suggest that his name always appear on the Board of Directors, not with that traditional adjective "deceased" but instead with the recognition "inspiringly here" or "spiritually always here". Or still, "in appreciation for his inspiring work".
Sunniest sadness,
Francisco
Recife
Brazil

•  Vidar Vambheim wrote (10/06/2007):
Thank you so much for these beautiful words. 
I do not know Donald's family and close friends, but still wish to express my condolance: You see, I think the loss of Donald is a loss for the world, to. I am working with peace studies, and got into the HSDS because of its relevance to matters of peace. I only met Donald once, at the Berlin meeting of the HSDS, but I will always remember that meeting: He is the closest I have come to a person who radiates what he says: He was the rare kind of person with whom you engage in a discussion, and discover "too late" that he is conceiling an immense wisdom. However, he shares that wisdom in a relaxed way, so you almost think you discovered it yourself.  A true Socrates.
I was also enourmously impressed with what the combination of a personal and yet very professional voice in his articles and writings.  I will honour his memory by trying to understand his thoughts and insights.
Vidar Vambheim
Troms
Norway

•  Brian Ward wrote (10/06/2007):
Hello Evelin
Very sad to hear that Don Klein has passed away I have just read about Dons book and I intend to get a copy. It would seem he had a special view of the world that he can still share with us! ...
Kind regards
Brian
Timaru
New Zealand

•  Jacqueline Wasilewski wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
This is beautiful! My brother-in-law just passed away ... also on the 8th ...
Jackie
Tokyo
Japan

•  Michael Britton wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin and Linda,
Finding out about Don during our phone meeting added a touch of sorrow to the meeting, that sorrow of the world that seems somehow to hold hands with life's joy. I am very grateful to both of you and to whatever powers there may be that you have found me and I have found you, and together we do good things. I am glad you are the kind of people who would feel that December could not take place without honoring Don, and the kind of people whose doing so comes from the heart rather than from propriety. 
Love to you both!
Michael
Highland Park
USA

•  Linda Hartling wrote (10/06/2007):
Dearest Michael and Evelin,
It was deeply comforting for me to be with you this morning following the news of Don's death. I was so glad to connect with who magnificently embody Don's appreciative way of being in the world.
Let's continue to think about how we can best honor Don's remarkable, foundational contribution to this work.
Love to both of you!
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Michael Britton (12/06/2007):
Dearest Evelin,
I did not know Don, and only heard him speak last December at the Conference. I am getting to know him through the condolence emails that are coming in from the people who knew and felt him so deeply. I experience now a different kind of loss than you, the loss of not having known him. I wrote to you that finding out about his loss during our phone meeting added a touch of sorrow, the sorrow of the world that seems somehow to hold hands with life's joy. I was remembering his talk in December, which you wrote about so beautifully:
"He spoke to us about Awe and Wonderment. About our human ability to live in awe and wonderment, not just when we see a beautiful sun set or the majesty of the ocean, but always. That we can live in a state of awe and wonderment. And we do that, says Don, by leaving behind the psychology of projection. The psychology of projection is like a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where you believe that what you see is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way. However, it is not reality.  And in order to live in awe and wonderment, we have to look through this scrim and let go of all the details that appear on it, in which we are so caught up. When we do that, we can see the beautiful sun set, the majestic ocean, always, in everything.
We are all inconsolable!
We are with you, dear Don, wherever you may be now!
And we promise to always remember that we can live in Awe and Wonderment, always!"
I too remember his story about the sunset, about his feelings of wonder and joy, and his realization that we could feel this all the time unless we let the scrim distract us. That story, that way of approaching life, were a gift I will carry always with me. One time I meet him, and I walk away with this treasure. I remember too your telling about the early meeting of the Network at a Conference in Paris, expecting no one to show up, and then there was Don and Linda, flying in, with their presence telling you of their belief, their support, and I think all kinds of possibilities became more possible for you. In that decisive act, he did so much to strengthen your feel for the future, I think. When someone has a great heart, as he clearly has, our hearts carry such sorrow when they leave. But I think also when there is such goodness of heart between people there are so many warm memories that take care of our hearts; sorrow and smiles bubble in and out together. A man like he brings us closer in to the goodness in our own hearts, our own innocent wonder. Yes, I think he will always be close at hand.
I do not know Rebecca and Alan, but I wish to express my condolences to them  as well.  This time is always such a time of deepening of heart, of connection that extends more fully beyond the range of time. I wish them well. Fondly,
Michael
Highland Park
USA

•  Cyrien Kanamugire wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin, Becca and Alan
Thank you for keeping me informed.
The Don's death is undoubtedly a big loss for all of us, and particularly for his family. Even though death is a part of the human condition, we are never enough prepared.
I deeply share their sorrow and pray for his cherished memory.
Cyrien
Ottawa
Canada

•  Thomas Daffern wrote (10/06/2007):
So sad to hear of this wasn't Don a wonderful and warm hearted human being, and also with a razor sharp mind!
I remember meeting him at the Berlin Conference a couple of years back, and sharing some very interesting conversations.
But I spoke to him long enough to know he believed (or at least wanted to) in the onward progression of spirit beyond this life-time, in ways which we cannot really comprehend (but which all religions affirm)
So I have no doubt but that Dear Don is happily drumming somewhere with his cosmic buddies.
And that he would want us not to mourn, but to continue with the important work which he helped bring into being here on this earth plane.
So lets get on with it !! In love and fellowship and friendship for all beings Inspired by the memory of his own warm and generous nature,
Blessings and sorrows, mingled with thanks for a wonderful life, which just passed through here
Thomas
Wales
UK

•  Bertram Wyatt-Brown wrote (10/06/2007):
Evelin: I am so sorry to hear this about Don Klein. He was a tremendous asset and he is irreplaceable. 
Best Wishes, Bert
Bertram Wyatt-Brown
Baltimore, Maryland
USA

•  Anne M. Wyatt-Brown wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
What horribe news. Last December Bert and I accompanied Don to the train station and picked up a quick supper there. We had such a good time talking to him and were looking forward to seeing him next December. He is a real loss. The world and the network will be diminished by his death.
Anne
Baltimore, Maryland
USA

•  Anne M. Wyatt-Brown wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
Of course you have our permission. In fact I read the condolences this morning and felt very sad. Don must have been in his 80s, but he was so mentally active that we forgot how old he might be. I gather he collapsed at a conference. This sort of death is a blessing for the person and a hardship for the family. My father died just as suddenly on his way home from a meeting, aged 86. Despite his age, we felt undone by the loss. No doubt Alan and Becca are having a hard time. I’m so glad to see the outpouring of affection for him. He deserved it.
We will miss him in December. Perhaps a memorial minute could be put in the new journal and given at the Columbia conference.
Anne
Baltimore, Maryland
USA

•  Kjell Skyllstad wrote (10/06/2007):
My dear Evelin:
I was also very shaken by the passing away of Don Klein, whom I met at the New York seminar two years ago. We could dedicate the meeting to his memory. Living in awe and wonderment was also the message from Arne Næss in his last TV interview yesterday ...
I love you and miss you so much
Kjell
Oslo
Norway

•  Virginia Swain wrote (10/06/2007):
Don and I have been in deep conversations about collaboration. He died on my birthday.
All my love, Virginia
Worcester
USA

•  Virginia Swain wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin:
Don and I have been in deep conversations about collaboration. He died on my birthday.
We have been talking about collaborating to bring a course I teach at the United Nations to the Lewin Center at NTL to invite others to join us in reversing and revisioning climate change.  See syllabus attached.
With much love to you, Virginia
Worcester
USA

•  Brian Lynch wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Friends,
I share Evelin's thoughts and share mine not to presume but because, albeit very much a newcomer here, I had the great fortune to meet Don in December and even share a meal with him and a few other members Saturday night somewhere on Amsterdam Ave. There we where treated to many more of his insights carried over from the already mentioned wonderful presentation by Don about awe and wonderment that Evelin recounted in her posting.
Even my brief encounter with him served to stimulate my thinking about group dynamics greatly.
He will me missed.
Brian Lynch,M.D.
Chicago
USA

•  Jiuquan Han wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I am very sorry to hear that our beloved professor Don Klein has passed away!
It is almost unbelievable because I heard his "written" voice in Ning Space, which is still ringing in my ears:
At 7:50pm on May 28th, 2007, jiuquan han said... Dear Evelin and Linda, you have been leading the magnificient work callling for "Freudians" and "Tarisas"! At 9:11pm on May 28th, 2007, Donald Klein said... likewise!!!!!"A smiling Piccasso, isn't it?" This is the first comment added by me on his webpage. Later, however, I deleted it for I know Don is just Don himself, he is nobody else! He has his own charisma!!!
Dear Evelin, please send my consolations to Becca and Alan!
Jiuquan
Hebei
China

•  Floyd Webster Rudmin wrote (10/06/2007):
I am so sorry to hear this. He was one of the encouraging voices. 
Floyd
Norway

•  Elisabeth Scheper wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin, 
how sad the news of Don's passing. I wish both the Klein and HDH family strength and loving compassion to deal with the loss and continue to carry him in our work and hearts... 
veel liefs
betty
Amsterdam
Holland

•  Sharon Burde wrote (10/06/2007):
Don, and you, dear Evelin, reaffirm our humanity.
Sharon
Florida/New York
USA

•  Stephanie Heuer wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear all,
I have such lovely and fond memories of our dearest Don. What especially touched and changed me was our meeting in Costa Rica when he shared his concept of Awe and Wonderment. The room was filled with silence, respect and love when he shared his ideas, ideals, and it forever was implanted in my soul.
My deepest love and regards to Alan, Becca, and our community...
Stephanie (safa)
California
USA

•  Thomas J. Scheff wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin, 
Sorry about Don. I know he was a big help to you and your work.
Tom
California
USA

•  Rosita Albert wrote (10/06/2007):
Very dear Evelin and Linda:
I am SOOO deeply sorry for your loss and the network's loss!
Maybe we can do something in his honor...name something for him.
In sadness,
Rosita Albert
Cambridge
USA

•  Linda Hartling wrote (10/06/2007):
Thank you for your note, dearest Rosita. 
We will be thinking of some way to honor his lifetime of promoting the dignity of all people.
With love,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Victoria Fontan wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I am very sad to read this news today. ... Shall we open an e-condoleance book on our website?
I am so sorry I was sick last September: I never got a chance to enjoy his company one last time...
V
San Jose
Costa Rica

•  Victoria Fontan wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Colleagues,
This is to let you know of the passing away of Don Klein. Don was one of the founding members of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. You may remember him from his visit to UPeace last September at the occasion of our annual meeting ...
Best regards,
V
San Jose
Costa Rica

•  Miriam Marton wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin:
Such an incredible loss for our group, his community, and the world. What Don taught us, though, I know we will always remember and carry on. What an amazing soul he was!  Please pass on my condolences and thoughts to Becca and Alan - and let them know how admirable their father/grandfather was. I was always so moved when he spoke at our meetings. Please take care of yourself.
Miriam H. Marton
New York
USA

•  Samir Basta wrote (10/06/2007):
So sad to hear he has left this world..
I only knew Don from that one meeting in Paris... but he left me with an impression...
Kind, Very Wise, Patient & Gentle..
Samir
Mougins
France

•  A. Cybele wrote (10/06/2007):
My condolences to his family and all who knew him. I believe I met him on the evening when I sang at Columbia!
Holding his spirit and his family in my heart and prayers,
Cybele
New York
USA  

•  Reidar Ommundsen wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
What wonderful words!
Reidar
Oslo
Norway

•  Olga Botcharova wrote (11/06/2007):
I  am so so sorry to hear it! What a loss!
Olga.
South Deerfield
USA

•  Victor Valle wrote (11/06/2007):
Thank you Evelin and Victoria for inform us on this sad news. A great human being has passed away and entered in the space of the good remembrances.
The struggle for a better world goes on and human beings such as Don remain as inspiring forces.
My regards
Victor
San Jose
Costa Rica

•  Neil Walsh wrote (11/06/2007):
Hello All, 
I send my deepest condolences to Don, his family, to the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network and the world. I was deeply moved and influenced by Don's idea of Projective and Appreciative Psychology, and hope to help in carrying out his ideas and life's work in any way I can, I am sure that he will continue to live on in the network.
Love,
Neil Ryan Walsh
Japan

•  Linda Hartling wrote (11/06/2007):
It is good to hear from you, dear Neil. 
You are right, Don's "intellectual, emotional, and spiritual presence will continue to live with the network and beyond the network"...
With fond regards,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Hilarie Roseman wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I will pray for Don Klein, and also to him - for of course he will be with us always - and it is time now to give thanksgiving for his life and love. Hilarie
Australia

•  Hilarie Roseman wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
Yes of course you can add it to your website. I hope you are alright - we have to depend on the Lord when our rocks are taken away from us, love Hilarie
Australia

•  Philip Brown wrote (11/06/2007):
Ah, Evelin, this is so hard. Dons beatific countenance has been with me all day. I began to feel that I could do no act today that he hadnt infused with his immense spirit.  I am so grateful for the time we spent together in Costa Rica, especially, and New York, and then when we he came to visit at Rutgers, as you did. I know that we will find many ways to suitably honor and remember him publicly. But the personal loss feels so great right now. 
Love,
Phil
Piscataway
USA

•  Linda Hartling wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Phil, I am speechless with grief and sadness today. Don was the living model of appreciative being.  He made it possible for so many of us accomplish dreams we never thought possible. 
I know he deeply appreciated your generous efforts and contributions to the work of HumanDHS.  Like you, I am so grateful for the time I had to be with Don in Costa Rica. 
We will be thinking of ways to suitably honor and remember Don's remarkable contributions.  Until then, it is comforting to know that his vision and wisdom live in each of us.
I share your grief, dear Phil.  Please take very good care of yourself during this sad, sad time.
With much love,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Pandora Hopkins wrote (11/06/2007):
To Alan and Becca and the rest of his family--and to all of us who will sorely miss the wisdom of his thoughts,
All my love.
And muchos abrazos from
pandi
Mexico

•  Pandora Hopkins wrote (12/06/2007):
Re dealing with the greatest tragedy of his life, the death of his wife Lola:
"I have been able to deal with my great loss and my great love for Lola fully and directly without denial, repression, or disguise of any kind... Appreciation has enabled me to embrace this awful turning point in my life and to discover in it the great beauty that is inherent in all of life experience, including deep sorrow" (New Vision.... 206f).
Mexico

•  Neil Walsh wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Pandi,
Thanks so much for sharing that with us, I really needed that moment of inspiration today, and it is amazing, Don was an enlightened being among us.
Sorry to propogate Buddhism on you, but may I share with you the mantra On samaya satooban!
On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban, On samaya satoban!
May it bring you happiness!
Samaya is the path in Buddhism, it is the course of our daily lives, it is our ultimate teacher, and it is the thing we all try our best to avoid.
Love,
Neil
Japan

•  Kit Fai Naess wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear friends,
Arne and I were so sad to get the news about Don's death. I only hope Alan and Becca are strong now and remember that you have friends all over the world who share your sorrow with you. It is specially distressing for me to learn about Don's passing as Arne too is over 95 and showing signs of decline.......
Love
Kit-Fai and Arne Næss
Oslo
Norway

•  Linda Hartling wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Kit-Fai and Arne,
It is good to hear your voice in the wake of Don's death. Connecting with you and Arne gives us comfort and courage during this sad, sad time.
Please remember we are holding both of you in our hearts.
With much love,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Mari Blikom wrote (11/06/2007):
Kjære Evelin!
Det var trist høre at Don Klein ikke lenger er med oss, han var en stor man som vil bli savnet. Håper det gaar fint med deg omstendighetene tatt i betraktning...
Klem fra Mari
Bangladesh
and Norway

•  Mohamed Mukhtar wrote (11/06/2007):
Hello Evelin,
My sincere condolences to Don’s immediate family and to us the extended family of HD&HS.
Sincerely,
Mohamed H. Mukhtar
Savannah
USA

•  Myra Mendible wrote (11/06/2007):
Dearest Evelin,
What very, very sad news. We – and the world­have lost a great mentor, friend, and loving human being. I am deeply at a loss.
Truly yours, Myra
Florida
USA

•  Richard Slaven wrote (11/06/2007):
Dear Evelin: ...
It was a sad weekend for us with Don's death. He will be sorely missed by all of us. He lived a life full of love and caring for other - a model for us all.
With deep respect and love,
Rick
Boston
USA

•  Judith Thompson wrote (12/06/2007):
Eveiln:  Thank you for sharing this. I am indeed saddened to get this news and realize that I no longer know how to track down Becca (though I believe she is in the area). Could you forward this to her and cc me? Don was such an extraordinary person filled with vitality and creativity and zest! -- indeed awe and wonderment were something that he carried and transmitted! And I know he provided such vision and leaderhsip for the HHDS. He will be always remembered and celebrated. 
With love to all -- Judith
Amherst
USA

•  Marilia Borges Costa wrote (12/06/2007):
hello Evelin
i'm sorry for your loss. it's difficult when somebody you like passes away. but unfortunately, slowly, we begin to get used to the absence of a dear friend.
i hope you all the best,
marilia
Beijing
China

•  Arie Nadler wrote (12/06/2007):
Dearest Evelin:
I was truly saddened by the shattering news of Don’s passing away.
I did not have the opportunity to know Don very well, but whenever we met over the last 3 years I sensed in him the true embodiment of the phrase “human dignity”.
His presence in the meetings that I attended always made the difference between sterility and aloofness and human warmth and creativity. His wisdom and humanity touched me deeply.
I was hoping for more learning from Don. But, unfortunately this is not to be.
I know how much he meant to you and I share with you this moment of shock and grief.
My condolences go to Beca and Alan.
Although it may be too early, I can not resist the urge to say that we must find a way to make his memory continue to live with us in the network.
Warm regards,
arie
Arie Nadler
Tel Aviv
Israel

•  Yoav Peck wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I am saddened by Dons death and sorry I never got to meet him. The end to the psychology of projection has never been more acute. Ehud Barak, currently campaigning for leadership of the Labor Party, projected his personal failure to dialogue effectively with Yasser Arafat at Camp David in 2000, and proclaimed there is no one to talk to on the other side. The left and right in Israel adopted this stance, and it has been terribly disheartening to all those who talk regularly with Palestinians and know that we have a partner there if we are willing to make the effort. We need people like Don to remind us that humiliation is a moment-by-moment danger, in every interaction, and awe at the wonder of human beings is always there for us to choose.
I am with you and those that loved Don.
Yoav Peck
Jerusalem
Israel

•  Linda Hartling wrote (13/06/2007):
Dearest Yoav,
Thank you so much for your note, dear Yoav.
You so are right, "people like Don to remind us that humiliation is a moment-by-moment danger, in every interaction, and awe at the wonder of human beings is always there for us to choose."
Thank you for being with us during this sad, sad time.
Lovingly,
Linda
Boston
USA

•  Michael Haggerty wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Don Klein. From what I can gather, he was a good person who cared deeply for this organization, and his passion was reciprocated by those around him. While I never met him, I can certainly understand your loss and wish everyone the best during what must be a challenging time.
Michael Haggerty
Las Vegas and Washington DC
USA

•  Anne M. Wyatt-Brown wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I would think Becca and Alan would find comfort in Bhawuk’s account as you and I do. The hardest thing about sudden death is that those a person leaves behind feel so unprepared. It’s a comfort to think that Don’s questions about appreciative enquiry were met with applause. It helps to know that he was sitting next to a friend who treated him with affection and support and that Don did not suffer. No doubt Don, like most of us, didn’t feel ready to die and couldn’t understand why his time had come. Yet few of us could say that we had accomplished as much especially so late in life. No one wants to die alone, in a hospital hooked up to machines. Fortunately Don didn’t have to suffer that indignity.
I hope Don’s family will feel comforted by Bhawuk’s account as I did.
Affectionately,
Anne.
Baltimore, Maryland
USA

•  Michael Perlin wrote (12/06/2007):
Evelin, I had only met Don once (in NYC in December) and I knew at that time that this was a person who I wanted to get to know better, to share with and to learn from. What a loss! As is said in my religious tradition, may his memory be a blessing to those who knew and loved him.
Sadly,
Michael Perlin
New York
USA

•  Sibyl Schwarzenbach wrote (12/06/2007):
I am very sorry to hear about Don Klein, I know how much he and his work meant to you. My condolences to you.
Sibyl
New York
USA

•  Rina Kashyap wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I had the opportunity of hearing Don at one of the workshops. His work was introduced to me in the Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding Program. I do know that his work now informs the practice of most students from that program.
I can understand the loss to the Center and particularly to you because of the friendship that the two of you shared. My condolences.
Rina
Harrisonburg, USA
Delhi, India

•  Michael Britton wrote (10/06/2007):
Dear Evelin, ...
I see how deeply Don's loss is in your heart. I too believe he is always with you and you with him.  Yet it is so hard not to have him here to talk with, to see his face and hear his voice. This is indeed the sorrow of life. I think somehow it also heals us. But it is not so easy, this river of life and love. 
With deep affection and hope that you are gentle with yourself just now especially,
Michael B.
Highland Park
USA

•  Ashraf Salama wrote (10/06/2007):
I am sorry to hear about Don's passing away. When I knew, I visited the website and navigated what is available of his writings. They were inspirational. Anyway, this is life...and when it is time to go...it is time to go.... Please accept my condolences.
Ashraf
Doha
Qatar

•  Judit Revesz wrote (12/06/2007):
Dear Becca, Alan and Evelin,
I thought of sharing with you this page that I got after I worked as a volunteer facilitator with AmericaSpeaks at the Urban Zen Inititative Forum www.urbanzen.org
I got this thank you email on June 8th.
With love,
Judit
New York
USA

•  Susmita Thukral wrote (13/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I am shocked to hear this news. Although I only met Don once, it was pretty clear that he was such a valuable guide, a seasoned professional and a lovely human being. I am certain that he will continue with us in our work and what we create from it.
Best,
Susmita
California
USA
and India

•  Florina Benoit wrote (13/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I am sorry to hear about the demise of Dr. Don Klein, I have not known him, but from your mail, I can feel the pain that you are going through and I want to let you know that we are with you and all others who suffer this great loss.
We will continue to pray for him and his loved ones
With great sympathy
Florina
Hyderabad
India

•  Lynn King wrote (13/06/2007):
Yes, I light a candle in his honor. This also made me think about how can we create group ritual (like memorial services) online? We could all light a candle and say a prayer for his soul journey at an appointed time worldwide, and could make memorial comments online at that time for a certain period of time (like 30-60 minutes), as an action that brings us all together in time and space in his memory.
Lots of love,
Lynn
Shanghai
China

•  Yoav Peck wrote (13/06/2007):
Yes, Evelin, of course [you have my permission to post my message]. In the parents committee of my daughters Jewish-Arab elementary school, I spent yesterday evening struggling for democracy, for dialogue, with others who sought immediate decisions bereft of consultation with students and parents and teachers. Meeting by meeting, conversation by conversation, seeking the ways to humanize our organizations. As Jewish sages said, It is not for us to complete the work, but neither can we cease doing it.
Best, Yoav
Jerusalem
Israel 

•  Patrick Hylton wrote (13/06/2007):
Dear all, please Evelin, pass on my sadness to all.
As long as those of the present, remember those of the past, those of the past become animated and live on.
Patrick
Lincoln
UK

•  Lourdes Quisumbing wrote (13/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I was inspired to compose a song for Don Klein. I wish I could sing it to you but here are the lyrics:

Life is good!
Life is so beautiful!
Look at each moment
         with "awe and wonderment."
It's ours to live
         to protect and to care for
Each precious hour
         is a gift to share.

Greet each new day
         with joy and gladness
Come what way
         with hope and kindness
We cannot buy time
         with gold or treasure
But we can spend it all
         for Love without measure!
To heal a wound
To wipe a tear
To make someone smile
         Is worth the while
         to make our Life
         so wonderful!

Please share with Don's family and our colleagues.
With love and prayers,
Lourdes
Philippines
(This song has subsequently been arranged by Oliver Neil R. Rodriguez and is part of The River of Life, by Lourdes Quisumbing)

•  Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad wrote (13/06/2007):
My Dearest Evelin,
I extremely sorry to make late in replying your e-mail. I came to know from your email that  we lost a great  and wonderful person "Don" from our network. He leave the earth for the life of hereafter. I was lucky to met him last year in Costa Rica. I am sure people will remember his contribution for ever. I wish  eternal of  peace of his departed soul...  
I wish you all the best and love
Peace and love
Azad
Dhaka
Bangladesh

•  Kathleen Morrow wrote (14/06/2007):
Thank you, Evelin, for sending this to me.
No, I had not heard about Don and the news is very saddening.
But, what a long, wonderful life he led and what a fantastic legacy he leaves us.
Kathleen
Texas
USA

•  Grace Feuerverger wrote (14/06/2007):
Dear Evelin and everyone,
I am at the University of Siena at this time and just read this email. It is so awful to hear of Don's passing. Was it sudden? He was such an inspiration. I adored his way of perceiving humanity -- with such gentleness and wisdom. I feel as if I was just getting to know him. It is a searing loss. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
I am in shock as you are too. There are no words to describe it.
With love,
Grace
Toronto
Canada

•  Linda Hartling wrote (14/06/2007):
Dearest Martha,
Thank you so much for your note. Thank you especially for understanding the magnitude of my loses this year. The support of loving people like you bring me comfort and the courage I need to keep Jean and Don's work growing.
I'm so sorry you didn't get to work with Don at the Bethel meeting, but you will know him through his loving, playful spirit that lives in every word of his work with the HumanDHS network.
With love and gratitude,
Linda

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing....I got an email via Japan from a colleague at Fielding who works with Evelin. Evelin mentioned Don's passing and I was shocked and saddened profoundly to hear of it. I have talked to him numerous times and his gentle encouragement and positive outlook has been so heartening to me. He felt that you and I would do well working and growing together. I SO looked forward to meeting him in Bethel. What a gentle soul and beautiful man. You must be devastated, especially after the death of Jean. A hard time. My heart is with you.
Love, Martha
Bethel
USA

•  Michael Britton wrote (14/06/2007):
Dear Olek,
As you may have learned, Donald Klein passed away last Friday.  I am so glad that you and he were able to connect, however so briefly, before he died.  I think you must have been among the last "new people" in his life that he had the opportunity to respond to and encourage in their work... I feel strangely philosophical this morning, perhaps feeling the sorrow of Don's passing. 

Olek Netzer wrote:
Dear Michael,
Donald Klein did kindly respond to my letter and even requested some more readings from me. He suggested that the best way to attach myself with DHS would be coming to the network's conference which takes place twice a year, once in December in NYC and once in some other place...
Humanness is more complex than we are allowing for.  Allowing for its richness, for our richness.. makes peace possible...
In brotherly love, Olek
Israel

•  David Bargal wrote (14/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I send you my sincere condolences.
DB.
Jerusalem
Israel

•  Howard N. Meyer wrote (14/06/2007):
I EXTEND MY CONDLOENCES

•  Ana Barrero wrote (20/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
I wish to express my deepest condolences to you and to entire Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in this difficult moment of losing of one of your directors, Mr. Donald Klein.
With warm regards,
Ana Barrero
Spain

•  Anil Behal, wrote (21/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Don Klein! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Judit recently broke the news to me, and even though I did not personally know Don, it sounds as though your organization has lost a jewel! ...
Kind regards,
Anil Behal,
New York
USA

•  Carlos Sluzki wrote (21/06/2007):
Hi, Evelin.
Terrible loss.
And the eulogy about Don that you wrote on our behalf is very moving, for which I want to thank you. 
Big hug,
Carlos
Carlos E. Sluzki, MD
Fairfax, VA
USA

•  Ariel Lublin wrote (23/06/2007):
Dear Sweet Evelin -
You may have heard this sad news many times already, but I wanted to absolutely sure it had reached you - I just saw this (from nearly two weeks ago) on a Group Facilitation list I am on....
Much love and many blessings to you - and to Don -
Warm hugs my friend -
Ariel
New York
USA

•  Gina Cardazone wrote (23/06/2007):
Hello Evelin and Victoria, and thank you for your thoughtful responses....
Evelin, the page dedicated to Don is wonderful! I actually visited the humiliation studies website several months ago, and again visited it right after returning from the Society for Community Research and Action Conference to learn more about Don. I remember reading your note, saying We are all inconsolable, and thinking about what a tremendous loss this must be for those who knew him, and also for those of us who are new to the field and will never have the benefit of knowing him personally.  There are so many terrific warm notes on that page, and Im glad that this is an living testimonial to his impact on the field on the people around him...
Thanks again.  Im sorry for the loss of your mentor, but feel very fortunate to be joining this field, which shows such respect and love for its founding members.  
Gina 
San Francisco
USA

•  Emmanuel Ndahimana wrote (24/06/2007):
Dear Evelin,
This is certainly a big loss for the Network. For you who has known him for a long time, I can imagine what you feel at this moment. I met him once in Berlin last year and I was impresssed by his presence and his command with his prestigious academic past in Psychology, always balanced and looking for what people have in common rather than looking for  what makes them different. It will be difficult for you to replace him, Evelin. Be courageous and continue.  
Emmanuel
Kigali
Rwanda

•  Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D., President, Union Institute and University, wrote (13/06/2007, forwarded by Linda Hartling, one of Don Klein's doctoral students at Union Institute and University):
Dear Union colleagues:
It is with sadness that I notify you of the death of longtime Graduate College core faculty member Dr. Donald C. Klein. Don passed away on Friday, June 8, 2007, in California . His son, Alan, tells us that Don had just presented at a community psychology conference sponsored by a division of the American Psychological Association. He had just told the story of one of his former Union doctoral learners, the owner of a highly successful commercial furniture factory in Baltimore , who claims his success came from having profit as his business' bottom line, but having love as his top line. We take comfort knowing that Don was active up to the end of his 84 years, doing exactly what he loved to do.

Don was a Graduate College core faculty member at Union , serving part-time from 1977 through 1984 and then full-time from 1984 through 2005, when he was named Faculty Emeritus. A member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Humiliation Studies, he was most recently dedicated to the study of human dignity and humiliation and wrote and spoke eloquently on the topic. For more than 35 years he consulted with executives and professional leaders of business, government, religious, educational, health, and human service organizations and with citizens involved in local community development programs in the United States and other countries. His work focused on increasing organizational effectiveness; mentoring and management development; program development in community mental health; individual, organizational, and community empowerment; and dealing with interpersonal, inter-divisional, and inter-organizational differences.

Trained in clinical psychology at the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1952), his earlier work was concerned with community mental health and preventive psychiatry. Subsequently, he focused increasingly on how to empower people to bring about needed change in the groups, organizations, and communities that affect their well-being. He was associate editor of The Journal of Primary Prevention and recipient of the Distinguished Practice Award from the Division of Community Psychology, American Psychological Association. A certified psychologist (inactive) of the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Don was also a Diplomate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The American Board of Professional Psychology. He was the author of numerous books, journal articles, and chapters and served a number of distinguished institutions, including Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland , American University , and the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.

During the short time I knew Don, he and I enjoyed many conversations, agreeing on a lot of issues and disagreeing on just a few. I will always appreciate his candor, sensitivity, intelligence, and grace, as well as his support for our efforts in meeting the challenges at Union . All of us who knew him know that his long and illustrious CV presents just a glimpse of his life as a scholar dedicated to knowledge and to people, and reflects a man full of dignity and humanity.

His family informs us that there are plans for an August 12 celebration of Don's life to take place in Columbia , Maryland . We will keep the community notified as we learn more.

Don was a vital and loved member of the Union community for 30 years, impacting his both his colleagues and countless learners throughout the years. He will be greatly missed. I leave you with a note from son that personifies our deep and abiding respect and admiration for this remarkable man.

Dad's passion for appreciating life and those he encountered along the way are but two of his lasting contributions to the world. I hope you will join me in redoubling our efforts to make sure that the world thrives and shines by ensuring that we pay attention to our bottom line and, even more importantly, to our top line, as well. May we all hit the threshold of our 84th birthday living life as fully and vigorously as he did and with his curiosity and thirst to learn new things. - Alan Klein

Warmest regards,
Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D.
President
We will be setting up a page on our Web site for Don's Union friends and colleagues to share their remembrances. We hope to provide your comments to the family for their celebration of Don's life in August.

•  Please see also the site of The Society for Community Research and Action - Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. Donald Klein was the third president of the Division of Community Psychology. He received the 1987 Division 27 award for distinguished practice in community psychology.

•  Please see Stephanie Heuer's generous offer to donate 100 % of the profits of her book sales to our educational program, in honor of Don Klein! Please read her letter to ALL here:
Dear HumanDHS members and associates,
For the last three years, I have been doing a project involving the creation of the Somebody/Nobody Books (based on Dr. Robert Fuller's work, All Rise, and Somebodies/Nobodies and The Abuse of Rank). My two children books (one in English/one in Spanish), are now being used around the globe in classroom as a template to open discussions on dignity, anti-bullying, and character development (and avoiding humiliation both for the students, teachers, and parents). This is a life long project for me, and I am now starting my third book for teenagers along the same theme, which will be available next year.
Dr. Don Klein was an enormous inspiration to me personally, and to this network of concerned and energetic global citizens. I am therefore making my E-Books available and ALL (100%) of profits will be donated to the HumanDHS organization educational group for the development of our global services. Our goal is to promote this through our organization, schools, universities, and any other individual organizations that would be interested in obtaining the somebody/nobody book and donating to our worthwhile message on dignity and eliminating humiliation at all levels.
The books, in English and Spanish, are priced at 8.75 (e.book PDF file; 1.75 fee for processing). You can use PayPal or any other credit card option for purchase. If you have any other further questions, please contact me directly at safa40[@]hotmail.com. I will be making this offer available to this organization throughout 2007, ending December 31st.
For more information on the books and myself and my current work in schools and the seminars I offer, please see;
www.somebodybook.com
www.squidoo.com/somebodybook
To purchase your copy of "I Feel Like Nobody When... I Feel Like Somebody When...", please click on the links below.
http://www.lulu.com/content/867077 (English Version)
http://www.lulu.com/content/881130 (Spanish Version)
To you Don, and for the lovely memories I will always have of you....
Respectfully,
Safa
Stephanie (Heuer)
Author