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Hollis 'Bill' Kline - Class Of 1963 VIEW PROFILE

Hollis 'Bill' Kline

Two days after his 69th birthday, Hollis William Kline passed away on March 4, 2015 with his wife of 28 years Lori at his side. His final journey on what he called The Epiphany Highway was peaceful after 14 years of battling prostate cancer. Born March 2, 1946 and raised in Pasadena, he graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1963 a Regents Scholar with a perfect SAT score.

After being drafted to Korea, Hollis moved to the Bay Area where he studied psychology at San Francisco State and was in the masters program at the Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Hollis always referred to himself as the Luckiest Man Alive. Known for his larger than life personality and sense of humor, he was loud and loved to swear. He read mysteries. He solved crossword puzzles with a fountain pen in his left hand. He loved music, especially jazz, blues, and boogie woogie. He played piano, harmonica, and guitar. He meditated. He was very proud of the life he built with Lori. He loved their house in San Rafael and their apartment in South Beach, Florida. Hollis was a bartender for many years all around the Bay Area, including Nick's Rockaway Beach, Dominic's, Cat & Fiddle, and the No Name Bar in Sausalito. He was sober for 27 years and stopped smoking Camels shortly after he stopped drinking. After he stopped drinking he became a tax preparer which lead to becoming a financial adviser. He enjoyed speaking and sponsoring others in AA. Service to others was important to him.

Hollis was 55 years old when he was diagnosed with advanced inoperable stage 3 prostate cancer. After his diagnosis, he sold his practice so he could retire and bought the Harley that he'd always wanted, which he enjoyed riding with friends. He tried every new treatment that he could and hated every side effect. He fought the unbearable fatigue with espresso and energy drinks.

Hollis is preceded in death by his father William Kline, his mother Elaine Pippin Kline, and his sister Jeannie Kline Dodson (SPHS '60). He is survived by his wife Lori Kline, brothers John Cameron and James Kline, daughter Nysa Wong Kline, one granddaughter, former wives, Nona Wong Kline and Judith Kline, and his happy little dog Jack and cat Trixie.

Marin Independent Journal, March 22, 2015

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