1949 — 2021
Raleigh Klein was born in San Francisco. He passed away in Davis from pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old at the time of his passing.
There are two red-letter days in Raleigh’s life. The first took place in April 1982, when he married his bride of 39 years, Nan. The second took place in December 1988, when their son, Jim, was born.
Raleigh lived almost his entire life in the Bay Area, growing up in Palo Alto, where he attended Palo Alto High School (go Vikings). He attended UCLA (go Bruins), where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science/ International Relations. Raleigh is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Birmingham, England. While there, he became a fan of English football and has continued to support his local team, West Bromwich Albion (go Baggies).
Raleigh returned to the Bay to attend business school. He graduated with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (go Cardinal).
After five years as a CPA, Raleigh entered the equipment leasing industry, where he remained for the rest of his professional career. He retired from Bank of America Leasing & Capital Group well before the 2008 meltdown. During his time in the equipment leasing industry, Raleigh held various treasurer and CFO positions, before turning to the marketing side. During his banking career, Raleigh negotiated numerous complex financial transactions involving railcars, airplanes, satellites, power plants,…