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James P. Klima Jr., former Bethlehem Steel executive who later became a judge, dies

James P. Klima Jr., former Bethlehem Steel executive who later became a judge, dies

James Patrick Klima Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel manager who became an administrative law judge, died of multiple organ failure June 16 at the Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium.

He was 85 and had lived in Lutherville for many years.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood, he was the son of James P. Klima, a Bethlehem Steel shipbuilding chief engineer, and his wife, Mary Josephine Brusack, a homemaker.

He attended Blessed Sacrament School and was a 1950 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a second degree, a bachelor of arts, from Lehigh University, where he...

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