Daniel E. Klein Jr., 67, magistrate judge for U.S. District Court for Maryland

February 17, 2002

Judge Klein was active with the Boy Scouts and received two of their highest honors.

Frederick N. Rasmussen@SRCE SUN STAFF

Judge Daniel E. Klein Jr., former chief magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for Maryland who was active in Scouting and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, died of cancer at his Hunt Valley home Tuesday. He was 67.

In 1978, Judge Klein was appointed as a magistrate to the U.S. District Court for Maryland by President Jimmy Carter. He was appointed chief magistrate judge in 1997 and retired in 1999.

Judge Klein, who presided over felony criminal, civil and settlement cases, continued working on active recall status until his death.

He was the longest-serving magistrate judge in terms of part-time and full-time service, said Frederic N. Smalkin, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland.

"He lent a tremendous amount of professionalism to his job, and he was held in high esteem. His delightful personality made him one of the most beloved figures in the courthouse," he said.

"When we learned that Dan Klein had passed away on Tuesday morning, there was not a dry eye in the courthouse," said former U.S. District Chief Judge J. Frederick Motz.

"He loved people, and they loved him in return. ... Every day, our affection for him deepened and our respect for him increased. The way he battled his cancer and lived the last years of his life was a testament to his character and constituted a triumph of the human spirit," he said.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, who had tried cases before Judge Klein when she was an assistant U.S. attorney, described him as "down-to-earth, businesslike but courteous."

"He always had good ideas, was an excellent administrator and was always ready to help other people," said Judge Blake.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, Judge Klein was a 1952 graduate of Friends School. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1956.

He served in the Air Force as a pilot from 1956 through 1960. He continued his flying career in the Maryland Air National Guard until being discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1964, and clerked for the late J. Gilbert Prendergast of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City and Edward S. Northrop, former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland.

"He brought an excellent mind and a keen knowledge of the human condition to his work, and as a judge, that's what you need," said Judge Northrop.

For 30 years, Judge Klein volunteered with the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, beginning as leader of Troop 340 in Lutherville. He also held regional and national positions with the Boy Scouts. He was presented with two of Scouting's highest honors: the Silver Beaver award in 1978 and the Silver Antelope award in 1996.

He was a communicant for more than 50 years at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where he had been a member of the vestry and lay chalicist. For 25 years, he served as parliamentarian for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Convention.

Last year, Judge Klein was presented with the Bishop's Award in recognition of his long service to the diocese.

Judge Klein liked listening to Dixieland music, bicycling and photography.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Hilary Hyde; two sons, Daniel E. Klein III of Weston, Conn., and Jon C. Klein of Scotia, N.Y.; a daughter, Sara K. Filling of Hunt Valley; a sister, Agnes K. Lee of Berlin, Worcester County; and seven grandchildren.

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