Jay Klinck

Below is the obituary of my dear friend Jay Klinck. He was one of the most interesting people I have ever met and his is a great story for this website. He lived in places most people will never visit - Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska, Micronesia. He was a lovely, unassuming man and you will be better for knowing something about him.

Jay Klinck

Jay Childs Klinck, 68 years young, died peacefully at home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on December 27, 2011. Jay was born to Carleton Hoagland and Virginia Childs Klinck on April 26, 1943. His early years were spent in Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, with the family spending summers in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Jay attended and graduated from The Fenn School and the Concord / Carlisle Regional High School, where he was class president in his senior year. Following school, Jay volunteered for two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps; serving first in India, and then in Micronesia between 1963 and 1968. In 1969, Jay joined the U.S Navy Seabees where he served in Antarctica. Upon completion of his Navy Service, Jay continued to work in the polar regions both in Antarctica and in the Arctic, including Greenland and Alaska. Much of his work was undertaken for the National Science Foundation, which honored him for his service wintering as part of a four-man crew at Siple Station, chosen for its location near the Earths south magnetic pole, with both a letter of commendation and with the naming of an Antarctic feature, the Klinck Nunatak (724S6359W), which rises to an elevation of 5,905 ft in south-central Palmer Land. After more than 25 years of extensive field work in the polar regions, Jay took a break to gain a Masters degree in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge, England. Following Cambridge, Jay served as expedition leader and lecturer on the ice-strengthened German expedition cruise ship, the Hanseatic, which often frequented polar waters but also explored the Amazon River. Jays last expedition was to kayak the entire 2,000 mile Yukon River, from its origin in Canada to the mouth at the Bering Sea in Alaska, with his good friend Bill Barber. Along the way, they collected water and riverbed samples for the United States Geological Survey department. Throughout his travels, Jay was an avid collector and photographer, amassing an impressive collection of artifacts and photographs from various far-flung parts of the world. In 2009, Jay returned to permanent residence in Wolfeboro to enjoy an active retirement. Jay is survived by his daughter Suzanne Willet; his brothers Hoagie Klinck and Chip Klinck; his niece Tala Klinck, her husband Doug Rubinson and their son Noah; and his nephews Quinton and Garret. He also leaves behind many cousins throughout New England and an abundance of friends from across the USA and the many parts of the world where he worked or visited. Jays lively sense of fun and humor, his enthusiasm for life and his graciousness as a host were appreciated by all and helped nurture and maintain his many friendships. He touched many lives and will be missed. There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held in Wolfeboro at a date to be determined.

Published in The Concord Journal from December 30, 2011 to January 6, 2012

Below are links to more information about Jay, the Klinck Nunatak and the Palmer Station:

You can also read a lovely story by Jay: Travel Amazon

Jean McGavin
Bethlehem, CT 2012

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