Taylor Community Remembers Dr. Bill Klinger

Published: Sep 20, 2012

Dr. Bill Klinger

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and former Associate Dean of Natural Sciences Dr. William (Bill) Russell Klinger, 73, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012, in Marion General Hospital. 

Dr. Klinger was a 1957 graduate of New Castle High School. He attended Marion College prior to receiving his BS degree in Mathematics in 1961 from Taylor University.  He received his Master’s degree in Mathematics from the Ohio State University and went on to receive his PhD in Mathematics in 1973. His graduate school work was fully funded by the National Science Foundation.

He taught math at McCulloch Jr. High, Marion High School and The Ohio State University, where he supervised the Teaching Assistants for the Mathematics department. He was a former Mathematics Professor and Academic Dean at Marion College and also a former Associate Dean in Natural and Applied Sciences at Taylor where he retired as a Mathematics Professor.

Dr. Klinger served on numerous committees at Taylor University and was instrumental in the early development and planning of the Euler Science Complex. He was a member of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Phi Delta Kappa, and was a former member of the Marion Rotary. He was a member and one of the founding families of Lakeview Wesleyan Church, where he taught Sunday school. Dr. Klinger served on numerous District level committees in the Indiana North District of the Wesleyan Church.

In addition to his wife Joanne, to whom he was married for 52 years, Dr. Klinger is survived by his daughter, Dr. Nancy (Stephen) Dayton, Gas City, and his grandchildren, Catherine Dayton, Grace Dayton and Samuel Dayton.

He was preceded in death by his, parents, Rev. Russell and Marcella Klinger.

Funeral Services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, at the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Avenue, Marion, Ind., with Pastors Tim McClellan and Duane Seitz officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory, Huntington County, Ind.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 in the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Annual Taylor Science Seminar, payable to Taylor University, c/o The Office of Development.