KLEIN, DONALD CHARLES (1917 ~ 1997). Donald C. Klein, age 80, died October 1, 1997, in Austin, Texas. He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on September 30, 1917 to Robert L. Klein and Rosa I. Frank Klein. He married Edith Louise Wood on December 31, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio.
Klein attended Ohio State University before entering the Army in 1941. He graduated from Officers Training School, Edgewood Arsenal, Md. He served in North Africa. After World War II, he moved to Albuquerque, NM where he enrolled and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B. S. degree in chemical engineering. Following graduation, he was employed in various engineering and management capacities by the El Paso Natural Gas Co. of El Paso, Texas and later by a subsidiary, the El Paso Products Co. of Odessa, Texas, he served many Business, Civic and Church Organizations.
He was appointed by Governor John Connally to membership of the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. He was a member of the Board of regents for Odessa Junior College, a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Manufacturing Association, a Director of the Texas Research League, Rotarian Member, Sunday School teacher, and elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Recognition of his professional and civic work culminated in being named "Engineer of the Year" (1961) by the Permian Basin Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
In 1967, Klein was employed by Flour Corp. in Houston as a project manager. In 1969, he accepted employment as executive director of the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Austin, Texas. During employment on the engineers registration board, he served a number of assignments on the national engineering level. In 1977, he was recognized for the National Council of Engineering Examiners.
Klein retired in 1980. He was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church. He died on October 1, 1997 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.