Dr. Ben Klein was born in Durham, North Carolina, on January 24, 1942, to his parents J. Raymond Klein and Lenetta Garrett Klein. Soon after, his parents moved to Chicago and then to Long Island, New York. A majority of Ben’s childhood was spent around Bellport, a whaling town on the South Shore of Long Island, where he attended Bellport High School.
Ben had aspirations for higher education. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1963 where he majored in mathematics. He then went on to earn his Ph.d. from Yale University. While he completed his dissertation for Yale, Ben began a teaching at New York University. It was here that Ben met his wife Rosemary. They were married in June of 1971 and immediately moved to Davidson, North Carolina, in July where Ben had accepted a teaching position at Davidson College. Ben and Rosemary had two boys, David and Peter. Ben’s two grandchildren, Garrett and Sloan, were born to his son David in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Ben relaxing at Davidson College. Photo Courtesy of Ben Klein
Dr. Ben Klein enjoyed teaching at Davidson College for 37 years. He taught a range of courses in the mathematics department where he built strong relationships with both his students and his colleagues. He won the Hunter Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2004 and the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1990. Dr. Klein retired in 2008 as a beloved professor and leader at the school, but continued to teach as a visiting professor, helping the math department whenever they needed it.
Dr. Ben Klein continues to be involved in mathematics, serving as a reader for the Advanced Placement Calculus Test. He has also worked on committees for the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Ben Klein currently lives with his wife Rosemary in their home near Davidson College.
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