Dr. Lawrence E. Kline ‘60

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Wall of Fame Class of 2012

Dr. Lawrence Kline ’60 is the director of the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California. After completing his association with the U.S. Public Health Service as director of intensive care and assistant chief of medicine in New York, he joined the Scripps Clinic in 1978.  He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders medicine. As a volunteer physician for the Missionaries of Charity, Dr. Kline treated and befriended Mother Teresa, the founder of the order, during her hospital stay for pneumonia and congestive heart failure in 1991. The Jewish doctor and the Catholic nun remained close friends, seeing each other in person or speaking on the phone, until she died in 1997. At the request of the nun who took over Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta, Dr. Kline and his wife, Sherry, attended Mother Teresa’s beatification ceremony in Rome, where they met Pope John Paul II.  In 2004, Dr. Kline was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. He has received the Physician of the Year Award from the California Association for Health Services at Home and has been named Physician of the Year by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

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