My condolences to Kirsten and the family.
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW.
I MET HIM AT LIBERTY DIALYSIS WHILE HE AND MY HUSBAND
WERE DOING TREATMENTS.
HE WAS ONE GREAT MAN AND WILL TRULY BE MISSED.
HE IS LEAVING BEHIND A GREAT LEGACY IN WOLF PARK AND I
AM SURE THAT YOU ALL WILL KEEP IT TOO HIS EXPECTATIONS.
I WILL MISS HIS HAND SHAKE AND GREETINGS EVERY MONDAY,
WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, BUT AS THEY SAY LIFE GOES ON.
HE IS AT REST NOW, NO MORE PAIN AND SORROW.
I HOPE TOO SEE YOU ALL AT THE PARK SOON.
SANDY AND MAURIE
I have a very fond and special memory of Dr. Klinghammer. I was out there once with my older daughter, then about 6 years old. She has Rett Syndrome and very low cognitive function. He asked if anyone would need a ride down to the pasture where the bison were. This was my first time out there after the 2 bison had become a herd, and I didn&t want to miss it. I had a stroller for Jessica, but my previous experience with large gravel was bad so I said we sure could use a ride. He had us get in the passenger seat of a VW microbus, with the back seats out and in their place 2 bushels of apples. Jessica, seated on my lap, fell asleep and he and I chatted on the way down the hill to the pasture. I was describing Rett Syndrome to him and saying that she may not have been as badly impaired as some because of our vegetarian diet and he was all ears. He shared that he had a condition that was being controlled by the macrobiotic diet. I mentioned that I&d love to work in a vegetarian restaurant if any one opened one in the area, and I guess he took that to mean I might open one myself! I saw him at the old Goodness Grocery and another store later and he&d jokingly ask if I&d opened that vegetarian restaurant yet!
He was so knowledgeable about those beautiful wolves, and I&ve learned all I know about them from him. But he was also a kind and gentle person himself; the last time I saw him, looking much more frail than before, he was still concerned about who he was talking to. I only saw him a few times, and spoke to him maybe 3 times, but I will always consider him a very dear friend.
I am so sorry about the loss of your father. He was a good man and I enjoyed taking classes from him at Purdue. I still remember going to Wolf Park in 5th grade! Take care, Kay Harless Stephens