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Klein, faculty member in SOM, dies

Heinz Klein, 68, Bartle associate professor in the School of Management, died June 18 of cancer.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Munich and began his career in Germany as co-founder of the transformative information systems discipline. He was recognized with honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland; and the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Upinder Dhillon, dean of the School of Management, called Klein a pioneer in the evaluation of interpretive research in information systems.

“He put Binghamton on the map because of his unique way of relating information systems to different schools of philosophy,” Dhillon said. “His zest for life and wonderful spirit will be missed.”

Colleagues from around the globe noted his contributions to his discipline. Richard Welke of George State University summed up comments when he wrote that Klein “unfailingly challenged the status quo of thinking and truth in information systems through his unique lens and, in so doing, broadened and deepened the information systems field forever.”

A memorial service for Klein was held on campus last month. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three children, three step-children, his mother and a sister and brother-in-law.
A scholarship fund has been established in his name. Contributions may be sent to Binghamton University Foundation, Dr. Klein Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6000.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08