Barbara Klein, 90, passed away Dec. 18, 2020, with her husband Martin at her side.
Barbara was a long time Killingworth resident and KDTC member. For those who knew her and those who did not, her life represents public service at its best and a life well lived.
She grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus High School in 1948. She received a degree in zoology from Hunter College in 1952, where she was active in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Barbara worked at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on nicotine research following college. She married Martin “Marty” Klein April 4, 1954. They initially lived on their egg farm in Madison prior to moving to Killingworth in 1964, where they resided until 2020, before moving to the Guilford House Assisted Living facility in Guilford.
Barbara worked side by side with her husband on their farm in Madison. She was always active in the Town of Killingworth as one of the founders of the Killingworth Nursery School; member of the Democratic Town Committee, Public Health Agency, Board of Assessment Appeals, and Water Pollution Control Authority; representative to the Regional Mental Health Board and Board of Directors of the Killingworth Foundation; and in various other positions. She served on the Board of Selectmen from 1973 to 1975. Barbara was also a justice of the peace and was highly sought as a wedding officiant as she always personalized the service to match the character of each couple. She received a master’s degree in public health from the Hartford Graduate Center.
Barbara wrote many of the reports for numerous agricultural consulting projects on which she and Marty worked and which brought them to Peru, Boliva, Ghana, Nigeria, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. In 1975, she and Marty toured China with a group of American farmers, and in 1989, Barbara and Marty served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. In the 1990s they were volunteers for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at the Knox Park Foundation in Hartford, helping to start community gardens.
Barbara and Marty enjoyed traveling and took many trips abroad and throughout the United States, spending a couple of weeks each winter at the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
Barbara had a passion for knitting, sewing, gardening, and cooking and imparted her skills to her children and grandchildren, as well as to numerous others she met throughout her travels. She recorded many life stories in a blog from recent years known as “Best of Barbara,” and her recipes are memorialized in the cookbook, A Glub, Glub and a Shake, Shake.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 66 years, Martin Klein; 4 children, Lisa Winkler (Matthew), Naomi Klein (Pierre Darmon), David (Ioulia Loubkina), and Madeline Taylor (David); 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.