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  1. Richard Bolstein
    July 7, 2009

    Klaus and I both came to the GMU Mathematics Dept. in 1973. He was a good friend and colleague, very witty and athletic. Klaus was competitive in everything he did. We played basketball together several times a week, and although I wouldn’t dare challenge him in tennis, I let him whip me in ping-pong frequently.

    Klaus was a compassionate person who knew how to listen well and offer sensible advice when asked for. Always willing to share his carpentry skills, I have fond memories of Klaus helping me put a new set of shingles on my house in 1976. (Actually, it was more like me helping him.) It was at Klaus and Eva’s home that I first experienced cinnamon in spaghetti sauce.

    Although Klaus’ contributions to GMU and mathematics are many, I will remember him first and foremost as a kind and generous human being.

  2. Mary Zamon
    July 7, 2009

    Klaus was one of the first people I worked with when I came to Mason. He was always friendly to the new kid on the block. He has been a long time part of Mason and will be missed.
    My sympathies to Eva who will be missing him more than anyone.

    She was one of my first professors here, and it was a great surprise to me when Klaus said, yes I know all about you! My wife has you in class–

    Mary Zamon

  3. Bill Longwell
    July 7, 2009

    I met Klaus at Northwestern and we both arrived at George Mason in 1973 but in different departments. At that time we decided to share a town house so that we could have a fireplace. We were later joined by our future wives, Eva Thorp and Flo Wilson. While Flo and I moved to Nashville in 1984, we have remained close friends, with our families spending almost every New Years Eve together either in Fairfax or Nashville.

    Klaus was a serious mathematician but he was not a serious man. In the Fall of 1973 the then new President of GMU visited each department. George Mason was a small, little known institution that was still often confused with NOVA. At that meeting Klaus urged President to install more pinball machines in the new Student Union. Over the years, Klaus’ wry sense of humor was at the forefront when the math department was consigned to portable units behind the library. This was the age of the Pink Flamingos on the grass and in print.

    As with Richard, I joined Klaus in a number of construction projects and it was through this association that I came to enjoy woodworking. But Klaus’ carpentry activities were a reflection of his grace. He was always there to lend a helping hand. This also extended to defusing tense situations. At his core, he was a conciliator, finding the best in people. In sum, he was a wonderful colleague and my best friend.

    We will miss you.

  4. Tomeka Mucciolo
    September 30, 2011

    George Mason was a small, little known institution that was still often confused with NOVA. At that meeting Klaus urged President to install more pinball machines in the new Student Union. Over the years, Klaus’ wry sense of humor was at the forefront when the math department was consigned to portable units behind the library. This was the age of the Pink Flamingos on the grass and in print.

  5. Trinity
    October 17, 2011

    Memorial contributions may be made in Klaus’ name to the ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.

  6. cobra telsiz
    November 17, 2011

    Veryy Goodd :)
    Klaus was a serious mathematician but he was not a serious man. In the Fall of 1973 the then new President of GMU visited each department. George Mason was a small, little known institution that was still often confused with NOVA. At that meeting Klaus urged President to install more pinball machines in the new Student Union. Over the years, Klaus’ wry sense of humor was at the forefront when the math department was consigned to portable units behind the library. This was the age of the Pink Flamingos on the grass and in print.

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