Dr. Thomas B. Klein was a musician, writer, and professor of linguistics in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. He was a devoted faculty member within the Africana Studies Program.
As a professional linguist, Dr. Klein specialized in the linguistics of Gullah/Geechee; Creole languages; and Chamorro, the indigenous language of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. He worked extensively with the modern Gullah/Geechee communities of South Carolina and Georgia to translate Lorenzo Turner’s original recordings; he was also the author of numerous articles in Gullah/Geechee studies as well co-author of the work Simplicity and Complexity in Creoles and Pidgins (Battlebridge, 2009).
Dr. Klein participated in field research in Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. A native of Germany, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in 2002.
After an extended illness, Dr. Klein passed away on November 17, 2014, surrounded by friends. He was laid to rest in Schmelz, Germany.
Last updated: 9/21/2015