Chapter Grand

Charles (Chuck) T Klein, Class of 1936

Charles (Chuck) T Klein, 95, died on December 2, 2009. He was born in Wichita, KS on June 23,1914 to Blanche Thackeray and Charles Klein. The family moved to Tulsa in 1919. Charles graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1932. He attended the University of Kansas and transferred to the University of Michigan where he received his BA and Juris Doctor Degrees. Charles returned to Tulsa to practice law and joined the Harper, Williams and Boeche Law Firm. He also joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard. In 1941 the squadron was called into active duty and given 21 days to report to Fort Lewis, WA. He had just enough time to marry his sweetheart, Mary Helen Frueauff, at her home in New York City. From 1941 to 1946 Charles served in the US Army Air Corps. He was a Combat Observer and Squadron intelligence Officer with the 13th Bomber Command, 13th Air Force in the South and Southwest Pacific Theaters. He was discharged in 1946 as a Lt Colonel in the USAF Reserve. Charles then joined Cities Service Oil Co in Bartlesville, OK as an attorney in the Legal Division. He spent the next 29 years in the oil and gas industry. In 1960, he became Vice President and Director of Cities Service Gas Co in Oklahoma City. In 1965 he became the President and Director of Northwest Pipeline Corp and moved to Salt Lake City, UT. Charles retired in 1977. He and Mary Helen moved to Wickenburg, AZ, where Charles enjoyed golf and taking trail rides. He was a 20 year member of the Desert Caballeros.

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Benjamin Sandipher Smith, Class of 1943

(From the Ft. Myers, Florida News-Press.com on July 29, 2009) Benjamin Sandipher Smith, age 88 a retired Detroit businessman and fine amateur golfer died on July 21, 2009 in the Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida. Ben was born to the late Mr./Mrs. Amos Tuttle Smith of Fort Myers, Florida and was preceded in death by his brother A.T. Smith Jr., and his sister Caroline Thayer.

Ben is survived by his wife of 58 years Ann Pierce Smith, his children Benj. S. Smith Jr., Robert M. (Susan) Smith, David P. (Tracey) Smith and Janetha M. Smith; grandchildren, Christopher (Rebecca) Leimbach, Jacob Mathew (Nicole) Smith, Rebecca Lamb Smith, Benjamin Richard Smith, Graham Hamilton Smith, Miranda Beth Smith, Lindsey Devlin Smith, Elena and Gianna Spatoulis; two great-granddaughters, Alayna Marie Smith and Paton Ann Smith. A nephew and two nieces- Tuttle Smith, Nancy Schemenauer and Molly Thayer also survive.

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Richard M. Courtney, D.D.S, Class of 1956

(From the Ann Arbor News): Courtney, Richard M. D.D.S. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (Formerly of Ann Arbor) Age 74, passed away peace-fully June 4, 2009 at the Beaumont Hospital with family at his side. He was born on July 27, 1934 in Highland Park, MI to Isabelle and D. Laverne Courtney and married Joanne M. Pauschert August 9, 1957. He received his D.D.S. in 1959 and M.S. in 1967, both from the University of Michigan. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Dental Corps from 1959-1962 serving aboard the USS Princeton. The majority of Dr. Courtney's career was spent at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as a professor of oral pathology, serving as department chairman from 1977-1987. He was president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillo- facial Pathology in 1982 and the American Board of Oral Pathology in 1990.

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