Roger C. Kline ’69 was a longtime leader at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He passed away on March 18, 2009.
Kline attended Dartmouth College before earning his J.D. from Columbia Law School and a degree from Columbia Business School. “He was a loyal alumnus of the Law School, as well as the Business School,” wrote Ronald Rolfe ’69 in a tribute to his friend of more than 50 years. “Not least, he was a terrific human being.”
In 1976, Kline joined McKinsey & Company where, over the course of his career, he led the banking and securities practice, was a member of the company’s board, chaired its finance committee, and ran the business’ office in New York City. Kline also distinguished himself as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and president of the U.S. Friends of the Atlantic Partnership, which promotes dialogue between European and U.S. opinion leaders.
In addition to his work with McKinsey and his efforts in the area of foreign relations, Kline also engaged in numerous philanthropic efforts, in many cases devoting his time to
issues related to adoption. He was involved with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and also served as chairman of Whole Child International.
“He was a man of great integrity, intellect, and compassion, and a great credit of our class,” Rolfe wrote. “I and those who knew Roger well miss him terribly.”
Kline is survived by his wife, Susan; his son, Matthew; and his brother, Gil.