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Remembering Brother John “Jack” F. Kling ‘51

If you haven’t heard, we regretfully inform you of the passing of brother John Kling ‘51. The following obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Please join us in remembering our brother, and in sending our thoughts and prayers to his family.

KLING, John "Jack" Faulk, died on June 25, 2019, his 91st birthday, in Richmond, surrounded by family. Known as Jack to his beloved family and many friends, Jack's company was sought out for his dry wit, straightforwardness and love of any game anywhere, be that at the bridge table, the tennis court, the fairways or under sail on the Chesapeake. He worked for many years as a banker in his native Philadelphia and Richmond. After retiring from banking he bought Hertless Brothers, a Richmond roofing company, which allowed him to work on many historical restorations, including the Jefferson Hotel, the Altria Theatre, the Branch House and several 19th Century residences in Church Hill. Jack was born in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, in 1928 and graduated from the William Penn Charter School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in both the Second World War and Korean War. As a teenager he met the love of his life, Barbara Brown, and was proud of her work in the Virginia Legislature, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Richmond Ballet. They married in 1950 and had three daughters, Katherine (John), Cynthia (Philip) and Elizabeth (Skip). Though no one would have called him a feminist, Jack was devoted to his children and their careers. A strict father, he brought up his daughters with values of loyalty, honesty and fair-dealing that have served each of them well in professional life, not to mention a love of gardening and fair play that they have all carried forward. With his wife and daughters, he is also mourned by his four grandchildren, Miranda and Henry Lievsay and Eliot and Jack Fearey; and a sister, Suzanne Kling O'Neil. No notice would be complete without recording that Jack was a talented and creative man - a serious woodworker and carver who took up painting in his 60s. He enjoyed virtually every minute of his life and rarely complained, even when he became terminally ill. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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1947 Sigma Chapter of Zeta Psi 1948

Back: Sydney Thayer III, Chas W.S. Allen , Thomas M. Jones IV, Edw. C. Driscoll, Peter W. Disston, John F. Kling, Charles L. Borie IV, Sherman E. Perkins

1948 Sigma Chapter of Zeta Psi 1949

3rd Row: Richard E. Pearson, Thos. E. Shipley, Jr., John F. Kling, J. Struthers Dunn, Jr., J. Wm. Cornell, Joseph W. Rogers, Andrew W. Porter, Jr., John W. Whelan, David F. Disston, Austin B. Hepburn

1949 Sigma Chapter of Zeta Psi 1950

2nd Row: Edward H. Bonsall III, Thomas C. Woolfolk, Henry P. Sullivan, Henry McK. Ingersoll, John F. Kling, John M. Horan, Clay A. Boland, Jr., George R. Hunt, f, J. P. Stockton Reynolds Front: William C. Griffith, Jr. H, Richard E. Pearson, F. Woodson Hancock, Jr. , Thomas E. Shipley, Jr, Joseph W. Rogers, John Barnes Todd, Robert E. Leiser, Richard H. Dent, Charles L. Hancock