Albert L. “Albie” Klein of South Orange and Boca Raton, Fla., died July 10, 2013. He was born in Newark in 1917. Mr. Klein was chairman of Wharton/Lyon & Lyon, a large regional insurance agency located in Livingston and Tinton Falls.
He was educated at Bucknell University and was a 1940 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He held the degree of C.L.U. (chartered life underwriter) and was four times national top producer of the General American Life Insurance Co. and a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
During World War II, he attained the rank of first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Corps and became the first commander of the Jewish War Veterans’ Weequahic post.
A very active philanthropist, he was a longtime board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest, as well as a former chairman of UJC South Orange and chairman of NJ State of Israel Bonds. He also served as a founder of the scholarship program of the Jewish Vocational Service. Charities benefiting from his giving included the Greater MetroWest federation, JCC of South Palm Beach, Fla.; Bucknell University; University of Pennsylvania; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Weizmann Institute, and Cooper Union. He was the first commodore and founder of the Atlantis Yacht Club of Monmouth Beach. He was also a member of the Green Brook Country Club of New Jersey and the Bocaire Country Club of Florida.
A classic car enthusiast, he was an active member of the Classic Car Club of America and the Antique Car Club’s national first-place winner when he showed his 1931 Cadillac at Pebble Beach, Calif. He was also a member of the “Academy” of the University of Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughter, Penny Stark Bernabei; three sons, Jaime Klein, Dennis Klein, and Bruce Gilson; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held July 14 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.