Hyman Kleinman, beloved teacher of literature, dies at age 100

Long-time faculty member Hyman Kleinman, who taught literature at the College from 1960 through 1984, and then continued to enthrall “students” from the local community with his knowledge and love of literature through the Friends of the Library for another 30 years, died on July 9 at the age of 100. 

In 2006 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Friends, a group that supports the library and serves as a link between the College and the surrounding community, he was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by then-president Michele Myers.

Kleinman was fond of a quote from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which he said described him well: “And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.”

In addition to his teaching, Kleinman was a regular lecturer, delighting audiences at community adult education programs throughout Westchester County, including the Reformed Church of Bronxville.

The Kleinman Fellowship in Humanities, awarded to a recently tenured faculty member on a rotating basis, was named in his honor in 1999 by alumna Ella Foshay ’69. 

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Friends of the Library at Sarah Lawrence College, the Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary where he adopted his beloved cat Melissa, or a charity of the donor’s choice.