Bellingham Railway Museum announces new president

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Bellingham Railway Museum announced the election of Karl Kleeman as President and Chairman of the Board.

Kleeman was instrumental in getting the museum started in 2003 and his priorities include maintaining the quality of exhibits at the museum, increasing off-site activities, museum memberships, volunteers and fund raising.

Kleeman received his PhD from Oregon State University in medical microbiology in 1970. He taught at Fresno State University, was in charge of Virology at the state laboratories of New Mexico and North Carolina and also the head of Clinical Microbiology at Rex Hospital Laboratory in Raleigh, N.C. He served on the faculty at Oregon State, Fresno State and North Carolina State as an adjunct professor before retiring in 2001.

Kleeman has lived with his wife Edwina in Bellingham since 2002. He and his wife have been strong supporters of the Brigadoon Youth and Service Dog Programs and he is currently on the grants committee of the Whatcom Community Foundation. He is also on the advisory board for the Center for Senior Health at St. Joseph Hospital.

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