George, in training at home, 2012
George Leonard Kline
  • 94 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 16, 1920
  • Place of birth:
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 2, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Los Angeles, California, United States
Let the memory of George be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, George L. Kline, 94, born on July 16, 1920 and made his exit at 6:30am, September 2, 2014. George passed away peacefully from respiratory complications associated with congestive heart failure.  

He was the youngest son of Eleanor and George Kline.

He has 4 children: Carol, George, Tom, Susan (deceased) and one adopted daughter: Angelika.  He has 11 grandchildren: Matt, Andrew, Kristina, Kelly, Krystal, Nickolas, Gretchen, Vanessa, George T., Emily and Joseph.  He has seven great grandchildren: Dalton, Austin, Wyatt, Marlowe, Charles, Avery and Taylor.

George had two successful careers.  After graduating from St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he was named chief of surgery at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida in 1946.  In 1948, he opened a private practice, as a general surgeon, in Walnut Creek, California. After retiring from surgery, he moved to southern California to complete the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Residency Program and the graduate program at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. He was in private practice as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Los Angeles for 33 years.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Angel Appleton on 2nd September 2017

"Miss you and Love you forever papa bear..."

This tribute was added by Angel Appleton on 16th July 2017

"Wish you were here so we could chat like we used to do everyday ...miss you so much, love you forever..."

This tribute was added by George Gamez on 2nd September 2016

"George is still in my thoughts regularly. He always had a smile on his face when I saw him and I'll be forever grateful for his friendship. His memory lives on. May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by George Gamez on 17th July 2016

"One more year since my friend George has been gone. His light still shines as bright as ever and I still miss him."

This tribute was added by Angel Appleton on 16th July 2016

"Miss you so much papa bear"

This tribute was added by Angela Hudson on 15th September 2014

"I had the honor of meeting George through his daughter, Ms. Angel Appleton. I loved George's smile and sense of humor. He always appeared so dapper in his fedora and leather jacket! As a psychiatrist, he had a special adherence to psychoanalysis, and I'd love to hear him speak of the work and lives of  Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud. Dr. George Kline was such and intelligent and kind man. He is definitely missed!"

This tribute was added by Arlelne Price on 13th September 2014

"I met George at a University Synagogue dance only a few years ago. Although he was unable to dance, he enjoyed accompanying Sylvia, his wife, and family to this dance event. Quite by chance I found a place at his/their  table. When I was not dancing, I would sit and visit with George and found him to be a charming, intelligent and very sharp man. It was great fun to engage in repartees with him. He had sparkling, and I might add, mischievous blue eyes and he never  "missed a beat." I always looked forward to seeing him on different occasions and felt blessed to know him and his family. He was a truly good man."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Silk-Kline on 8th September 2014

"Roses were George's favorite flower. I surround him with bouquets of roses in every color in that magic place where he now resides!"

This tribute was added by Laurie Raucher on 7th September 2014

"Going through the photos of George took me back in time; seeing his smile, his love of dancing, pictures of him with his grandchildren like Emily, Vinny & Gretch, building tree forts, how handsome he was in his suit....George was part of my life for some of the formative years of my life. At fifteen I was in a serious auto accident where I broke the windshield with my face.  My parents who were close to George called him to do the surgery at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek. I will be forever grateful for his incredible skill & artistry. Later, when he was married to my mother, I think he took great pride that Anthony Quinn was flirting with me when we were out to dinner in Brentwood.  It was only thanks to him  that I had a face worth looking at.  I'll remember all the times around the table at Tigertail,, or in Camarillo, or the get-togethers of the Kline-Weil tribe which were always spunky & fun.  We all watched in wonder when my sister Beth's little son Jeb first saw  the ornaments on the Christmas tree or fought off his sister from stealing his Christmas tricycle. George would be smiling the whole time, watching children interacting. He'd fill me in on psychiatric studies about kids throwing sand out of a sandbox. He also steered me away from medicine in college by having me work the graveyard shift at a nursing home & having me assist on a weekend office surgery when a patient had torn up his arm in a lawnmower accident. I nearly passed out & he had to tell me to hang my head between my knees so he didn't have 2 patients.  Anthropology kept me away from blood & I was much happier.     So many memories of a time past..Such a teacher, such a healer, such a presence. Like Carol, I will see those sky blue eyes, that broad smile & hear his soft-spoken voice encouraging me to go in new directions.. I'm thankful for the time he was in my life.  I'm sorry I never met Sylvia, but am glad he had such a great partner for his later years. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Sylvia, George Jr., Carol & Tom. May George rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Debbie Sanchez on 5th September 2014

"We were fortunate to have known George and Sylvia through George's daughter and our dear friend, Angel. Alex worked at UCLA in Radiology and I worked at Kaiser as an RN. Knowing George was a surgeon always made us feel close to him and I also worked as a Recovery Room nurse for 5 years during my nursing career. George had a wonderful smile. I could always see the happiness he had being in the care of Angel. We shared wonderful moments with George, Sylvia and friends at the Dance on Sundays at the Jewish Center. Angel brought George to our Catholic Church for Mass at St. Paul the Apostle, and we shared time together eating after Church or having lunch in Westwood and Brentwood restaurants. George and Sylvia came to our home for Thanksgiving one year.  They even liked all the food I cooked. Being a nurse I know the importance and value there is with quality of  time and caring in our lives. Papa George, as Angel called him was fortunate to have Angel always being there to give him extra quality of life.  We will always remember you George. Thanks for your warmth and wonderful smile. Debbie and Alex"

This tribute was added by George Klein on 4th September 2014

""My father accomplished  a great many things during his time among us. The son of a railroad worker he became a physician and surgeon. Later he joined the Psychoanalytic Institute. His professional life was dedicated to the care of others for both their physical and emotional needs. I'm proud of him for that. As his son I'm even more proud of him as a man.He became even more caring as he grew older.""

This tribute was added by Cathy Seward on 4th September 2014

"George and Sylvia opened their arms and home to me in friendship and love.  It was a delight to be with George!!  He loved to laugh, go out dancing, watch movies and be with people.  In many ways, George was a gentle giant of a man who was always there to listen and share his compassion.  There was a twinkle in his eyes for his enjoyment of life and most especially for his darling Sylvia.  I am so fortunate to have had George in my life as a dear friend and still have his spirit with me."

This tribute was added by George Gamez on 3rd September 2014

""George worked at my clinic in the late 80's and early 90's. He prescribed psychotropic medication for the patients at the Psychological Center for Treatment and Evaluation. He was a kind, gentle and caring doctor and the patients loved him. I told him he was my role model because of his energy, sense of humor, dedication and endurance.
I was very grateful to him because his services were essential to my psychology practice. My patients were in need of medication which I could not prescribe. We spent many good times together both during the time he worked at the Center and for years afterwards as our friendship continued up to the time he passed away. He was a loving and gentle soul with a big heart. I saw him Monday afternoon and am happy that I had a chance to tell him how much he had meant to me and that I loved him. He seem to hear me since as soon as I finished, he gave out a soft groan/moan as if to acknowledge that he had heard. I also told him that perhaps we'll see each other again in some other place. Bye George, my friend, my role model.""

This tribute was added by carolyn talbot on 3rd September 2014

"Strength, courage and passion, my Dad had all these qualities, but more than them it was his intelligence and deep love of people that made him who he was.
   He guided us to reach, and become all we were capable of being. His love of science was something I shared with him. He read Albert Einstein's biography to us when we were on vacation in Mexico. I was in the fifth grade and Einstein became my hero along with Davy Crockett.
   His values grew in me, inspiring me to become a medical researcher, a science teacher and a guidance counselor.
   I know I shared my Dad's intelligence, as my brothers and sister did as well. Dinner at our house always was filled with lively discussions. You had to bring your facts to the table though, because my brother Chip (George) could debate any point with razor precision. Dad always made us back up our positions with facts.
   I will miss my Dad for the rest of my life. I'll treasure the foundation of love and security he built around my life. In many ways he'll always be with me and live within my heart as I know he lives in all of us that knew and loved him.
   Our last conversation was so beautiful. He just kept telling me how he'd loved me all my life and how beautiful I am.
   Last summer we came out west to visit for what was to be the last time. As we spoke, we looked deep into each other's eyes.
   His eyes were so blue, clear like the sky. I felt  I could see deep into his soul.
   When our plane took off from LA the sky was that same blue as his eyes. It was then that I cried, knowing that I might never see my Dad again.
   Now when I look at blue sky, I remember his eyes and feel his spirit is there all around us loving each and every one of us forever."

This tribute was added by Sherrill Silk on 2nd September 2014

"George has left our presence for an incredible adventure with infinite possibilities stretched out before him.  He is still alive in God’s Love and undiminished he will always continue to express all of God’s wonderful qualities.  As I bring George into my thoughts, I can feel his presence and all those qualities which have made us love him, and know he is very much alive with God and in His care.  George, you will be missed!"

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