Deacon Ted Klingen
Deacon Theodore J. Klingen (Ted), 87 years old, died December 15, 2018, in Oxford. A funeral Mass was set for Wednesday, December 19, at Oxford St. John the Evangelist Parish.
Dr. Klingen served on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from St. Louis University and a doctorate from Florida State University. He joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi in 1964. He served as a Professor of Chemistry until he retired in 1999. He also served as Director of the Department of Health and Safety from 1980 to 1999. He held numerous patents in the field of physical and nuclear chemistry and published 30 scientific papers. In 1992 he was appointed by the Governor as the Mississippi representative on the Southeast Compact Commission and to the State Department of Health Radiation Advisory Council. He served in these capacities until his retirement. In July 1982, he was ordained by the late Bishop William R. Houck as permanent deacon in the Diocese of Jackson. He served in this capacity at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oxford until his death. He also served as a volunteer chaplain for the Oxford Police Department and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Dr. Klingen is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maura. He is also survived by his daughter, Anne M. Klingen, and his son, Joseph Klingen (and Mary Anne Klingen) of Houston, TX, and two grandchildren, Dr. Joseph T. Klingen and Mary Helen Klingen. Donations or memorials in honor of Dr. Klingen may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 416 South 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or the charity of your choice.
In honor of Dr. Kingen’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.