Jack Kleh, doctor and medical director, dies at 88
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Jack Kleh, 88, a doctor who was medical director of the regional Blue Cross/Blue Shield and
of the Presbyterian Home of Washington, died Jan. 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of multiple
myeloma. He lived in Bethesda.
Dr. Kleh, an internist who specialized in cardiology and gerontology, worked in private
practice most of his career until 1986, when he became the medical director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, a position he
held for five years. In 1993, he was named medical director of the Presbyterian Home, and during those five years also held
executive positions with Westminster and Ingleside retirement communities, and later with the home's foundation.
A native Washingtonian, he graduated from Central High School in 1938, from George Washington University in 1941 and from
GWU's medical school in 1944. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.
For more than 30 years, he worked in private practice and became a leader in local and national medical organizations,
including the D.C. Society of Internal Medicine, which gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 1973; the Medical Society of
the District of Columbia; the White House Conference on Aging; the Washington Heart Association; and the American Geriatrics
Dr. Kleh was a member of the Columbia Country Club and the Metropolitan Club.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Kleh of Bethesda; three children, William Hunter Kleh of Key Biscayne, Fla.,
Thomas Hunter Kleh of New York and Mary Louise Bauer of New Windsor, Md.; and three grandchildren.
-- Patricia Sullivan