Klaus Kleinschmidt

  • Born: August 10, 1932
  • Died: April 2, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Klaus Kleinschmidt, age 86, of Concord, MA passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. Born in Bremen, Germany on August 10, 1934, he was the only child of Fritz and Meta(Block) Kleinschmidt. After living through World War II as a child Jewish descent, in Germany, he and his parents emigrated to America. As part of President Truman's order to bring holocaust survivors and other refugees of the war to the U.S., they traveled on the S.S. Marine Flasher, leaving Germany on July 24, 1947 and arriving in New York City on August 2. They eventually lived in Stamford Connecticut where he graduated from high school in 1953. Klaus went to college at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. As a result of a professor's influence, he took an interest in acoustics and went into a career in acoustical engineering. It was in Cambridge, MA that he met Jean (Ford) Kleinschmidt and they were married in 1962. Klaus worked for Cambridge Acoustical Associates for much of his career, doing noise abatement on many public and private projects. Based on his work there, he invented and patented sound absorption concrete building blocks which were used in many building structures world wide.

Klaus had a life-long love of nature and the outdoors. From his days with the MIT outdoors club, to building a cabin with Jean in the woods of Vermont, taking his kids hiking around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, to skiing, sailing, bee keeping, kayaking, learning to snowboard at age 60, summiting Mount Rainier on his 66th birthday, and skydiving on his 80th birthday.

Klaus remarried in 1995 to Carol Fieleke of Winchester, Ma. They enjoyed their years together traveling to numerous countries and sharing a love of music. They brought much joy to both sides of their familie's children and grandchildren.

Klaus was a gentle, peace-loving, friendly, and fun-loving soul. He was loved by his family and had many friends from Newbury Court in Concord. At Newbury Court, he was involved in many groups which benefited the residents of Newbury Court including the woodshop committee, the climate initiative group, the German group (which he started), the drumming group, the play reading group, the building advisory group, the health and safety committee, the building systems advisory group, the annual talent show, and arranging for a pool table to be set up for the residents. He also was an active member of the Concord Area Humanist, as well as a member of the Boston mycological (mushroom) club. He had a love of music, plants and trees, folk dancing, and his cat Daisy.

Klaus is survived by his children, Erich Kleinschmidt and wife Karen of Frederick, MD; David Kleinschmidt and wife Katherine Olney of Acton, MA; Alexander Kleinschmidt of Rockland, MA; Deirdre Kells and husband John of Maynard, MA; his beloved grandchildren Hannah, Kaila, Nathan, Siobhan, Nicholas, and Monica; his niece Renee Ford of Boulder, CO, and nephew Peter Ford of Unity, NH.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Klaus for an open time of remembrance on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St., Concord. A public graveside service will held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA.

In Lieu of flowers, Klaus would love you to support two organizations that he was fond of: American Humanist Association - https://americanhumanist.org/
and Mass Audubon - https://www.massaudubon.org/


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Condolence & Memory Journal

We miss our dear friend and neighbor here at Newbury Court, whose work with Jerry at the woodshop and friendship with us both always gave pleasure. Our condolences to the family and his many other friends.

Posted by Jerry and Sue Rardin - Concord, MA   April 12, 2021

I have known Klaus for many years via his work at Cambridge Acoustical Associates, a worthy competitor to BBN where I worked for nearly four decades. Although I also am a survivor of Nazi persecution, I never knew of his Jewish background. However, I did enjoy speaking German with him and often confronted him with "Raus, Klaus" ( "Raus" being a slang expression for "get out "). He always was gracious and friendly.
May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing to his family.
Eric Ungar

Posted by Eric Ungar - Newton Center, MA - Friend   April 08, 2021

I first met Klaus in about 1959 when I was a co-op student working in the Raytheon Research Lab in Waltham. I enjoyed meeting and talking with him then. We each had professional careers working in acoustics but at different companies, me at BBN and him at Cambridge Acoustical Associates. I think that Klaus's invention of the acoustical absorbing concrete is a terrific idea and very useful.
We met again in the Concord Area Humanists, where Klaus was a very helpful and friendly presence. I will miss him very much.

Posted by Paul Jameson - Concord, MA - Friend   April 08, 2021

Klaus arrived at Newbury Court shortly after we did, and soon became a good friend, although we must have encountered each other occasionally at contra dances previously. (He had supplied recommendations for acoustic treatment of the Concord Scout House, popular as a dance hall for decades.) It was disappointing to learn soon that he could no longer manage much contra dancing, and later that he couldn't steer a snowboard around a tree. We were disturbed to see Carol's decline, and saddened to hear of her passing. He was an eager woodworker, initiating some newcomers to use of the shop, and repairing and improving bits of our furniture. The few of us who joined him to read German enjoyed his humor and assistance, although his former teenage knowledge of the language sometimes also needed assistance. He served two years as Treasurer of the Residents Association, and was a committed member of the Climate Change Committee.
Art Anger and Betsy Opitz

Posted by Art Anger and Betsy Opitz - Concord, MA - Neighbor   April 06, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Deirdre. I have many memories of your dad at birthday parties in your house on Elm Street. Big loss in a year of many losses and few hugs.

Posted by Monica Kucich - Maynard, MA - Friend   April 06, 2021


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mount Rainier for KKs 66th birthday!

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