Media industry takes to Twitter to honor “icon” Lew Klein’s generosity and mentorship
Broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, a longtime educator and industry leader for whom Klein College of Media and Communication is named, touched the lives of many, including nationally known professionals Bob Saget, Tamron Hall and Kevin Negandhi.
Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer and longtime educator for whom Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication is named, made an indelible mark on his industry, on Temple and on the world. Generations of alumni in broadcasting and journalism credit him with helping to launch their careers, and his impact was felt deeply in that community and beyond.
Many of those who knew Klein personally took to Twitter to share their memories of him when the news of his passing broke last week. Here’s a roundup of some of their touching posts about the significance Klein had on careers and lives.
I am so deeply saddened by the loss of my brilliant and kind friend and mentor, #LewKlein - He literally helped me get my career started. An inspiring visionary @TempleUniv - My heart goes out to Janet and his family. A great loss.https://t.co/Ez5Sba1lJI— bob saget (@bobsaget) June 13, 2019
.@TempleUniv family lost a legend and I lost someone who I admired dearly. Thank you #LewKlein , rest in peace. Thank you @dlboardman for snapping this picture, a memory I will cherish. pic.twitter.com/0c5qSUSzG8— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) June 13, 2019
What a loss for all of us @TempleUniv. Lew Klein was a great role model for Owls everywhere. My mom and I spent time w him and his wife Janet in December @TUKleincollege graduation. He was sharp. He was kind. He was Lew. His impact will be felt for generations. RIP Lew. pic.twitter.com/WVN7eFdy4w— Kevin Negandhi (@KevinNegandhi) June 13, 2019
I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Lew Klein. He and his wife Janet gave me so much during my time at @TUKleincollege. This industry has lost a giant, and I have lost a friend. #ThankYouLew for everything. Thinking of Janet and the Klein family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/f4yGf6ksRl— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) June 13, 2019
Philly - and @TempleUniv - have lost an icon. Lew Klein, broadcasting pioneer, is dead at 91. I was honored to be inducted into the @TUKleincollege alumni hall of fame in 2015 with an award named for Mr. Klein, and was struck by his wisdom and kindness. https://t.co/WdKsCzLimi— Kristen Graham (@newskag) June 13, 2019
The late @TempleUniv #professor & #trailblazer #lewklein believed in @Eagles #broadcasting #legend #MerrillReese & it made a huge difference! Who will you inspire by believing in them. #forgoodnesssake #useyourvoice #inspiration #motivation #rolemodel @fox29philly #wegothere pic.twitter.com/up3tmExHT5— Bill Anderson (@BillAFox29) June 14, 2019
Sorry to hear of #LewKlein's passing. He was an icon at my alma mater, @TempleUniv. I'm honored to have received the Lew Klein award before he passed. Rest in Peace Lew. Your legacy pushes us toward excellence.— Solomon Jones (@solomonjones1) June 13, 2019
The Police Athletic League, and indeed Philadelphia, lost a legend.— PAL (@PhillyPAL) June 13, 2019
Longtime PAL Board member Lew Klein has passed away.
Textbooks will be written, and likely taught at Temple University’s Klein College on the impact Lew made in the worlds of television and media. pic.twitter.com/nARR6jqxJz
Lew Klein was a generous soul who loved Temple so deeply. Your legacy lives on through all of us, the @TUKleincollege grads. So proud that I had the opportunity to get to know you, learn from you, and earn a degree from the college named after you. #LewTribute pic.twitter.com/KAf54NLR7D— Kayla Solomon (@KSolomonReports) June 14, 2019