Chris L. Kleinke Scholarship
Well-known Anchorage psychology professor Dr. Chris L. Kleinke was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 13, 1944, to Hans and Hanna Kleinke. He graduated from Claremont College with a doctorate in psychology and taught clinical psychology at Wellesley, Wheaton and Boston colleges. He moved to Alaska in 1985 and taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage until he retired in 1998.
His family wrote: "Chris was a beloved professor to many students and was greatly respected for his contributions as director of the Psychological Services Center. He published multiple books, textbooks and articles in the field of psychology, some of which have been translated into several foreign languages and are used by students throughout the world.
“Chris’ work as a clinical psychologist was greatly influenced by his father, who served as the director of several boys homes. His father, Hans, demonstrated great patience and understanding of troubled children, and Chris likewise exhibited exceptional and unconditional acceptance of others.
“Chris enjoyed spending time with his family in the Alaska Outdoors. Through many hiking, camping, and kayaking trips, he passed on this appreciation to his children.”
Dr. Kleinke passed away in 1999.