Jerome O. Klein

February 10, 1931February 17, 2021

Jerome O. Klein, 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

He was the beloved husband of Linda Klein, and son of the late Max and Elizabeth Klein.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea J. Spigelman and her husband Zachary, his sons Bennett H. Klein and Adam R. Klein, and his grandchildren, Alexander, Evan and Dana.

Jerry was an internationally renowned leader in pediatric infectious diseases. His career spanned over 50 years in patient care, research and teaching at Boston Medical Center. His many honors include the Bristol Award for Distinguished Achievement of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Jerry had many passions, including big band music, jazz, theater, Boston sports teams and spending time with his family at his home on Wingaersheek Beach.

Donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Jerome O. Klein Fellowship Fund in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Boston University Development, Gift Processing, JPMorgan Chase & Co, P.O. Box 22605, New York, NY 10087-2605.

Services were held privately.

Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel,


  • Jerome O. Klein Fellowship Fund in Pediatric Infectious Diseases


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Robert Roth

March 1, 2021


In my professional career of 40 yrs plus , mostly representing hospitals in med mal cases, I had the honor of working with Jerry numerous times . I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to benefit from his vast knowledge and experience but even more blessed to consider him a friend . He was the epitome of a mensche.
I will miss him .
My heartfelt condolences to his family .
Rob Roth

Paul Gustafson, MD

February 25, 2021

I first met Dr. Klein as a first year Resident in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital in 1974. For over 35 years I benefited from Jerry's vast knowledge of Pediatric infectious diseases and his willingness to field questions from students, residents, fellows and Community Health Center Physicians such as myself. He is the best teacher that I had the pleasure of knowing during my medical education, training, and career. Never aloof or self-important, instead just a really nice guy. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.