This institution has inspired multigenerational
loyalty in my family. My father went here and graduated in 1936. I don’t know how
special it was for him. It was one building on Howard Street at that point. When I came
it was a little bigger: We had another building on Charles Street and we had the law school.
I have very, very fond memories of my years here. It must have carried over because my
daughter Rachel came here. Whenever it comes up, I speak of how terrific
my four years here were—how my instructors went beyond what I think of what instructors
need to do to reach me as an individual, to help me grow. I knew I needed to be in a place
where students were going to take their education seriously rather than being a two-year party
school and then moving on to something else, and this school fit that bill. Everybody that
came here when I was here in the ’70s came here because they needed to and they wanted
to. I think it’s fantastic the way the University
of Baltimore has helped to anchor this part of Baltimore city. I grew up here, I love
Baltimore city. The difference is vast between when I started in 1972 and when I look around
today when I drive through this neighborhood. Not only to stabilize this side of the city,
which is very important, but to graduate people who then help also to stabilize the city in
their careers and what they learn as youngsters here at the school.
When you talk about University of Baltimore and perspective, it’s one of diversity,
which I think is crucial to society. It’s easy to grow up in ivory halls, it’s a little
bit harder to grow up and come to a multicultural, diverse university like University of Baltimore,
serving the needs of so many different types of students. So in essence, it serves a function
of economic growth, really, for the city of Baltimore.
You can never stop questioning, though, how the University can enhance the life of the
student that’s here. And that’s where I think my philanthropic thrust goes.
I look forward to maybe having a fourth-generation Klein. I have a grandson that lives in Baltimore
and perhaps he’ll come here in another 10 or 12 years.