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Donald W. Klein, Expert on Contemporary China, Dies

Donald W. Klein, an influential voice for understanding contemporary China and who artfully interpreted power shifts in Communist leadership for students, scholars, and the general public, died on March 2 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was eighty-eight.

For twenty-three years Klein taught in the Department of Political Science, where his rise from lecturer to full professor dovetailed with an “exploding interest in Asian studies,” said Sol Gittleman, the Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor emeritus and former provost.