Associate Professor, Department of
Associate Research Professor, Dept.
Assistant Res. Professor, Dept. of Cell
Senior Director, Kenan Plastic
Surgery Research Laboratories
Research Park Building 4, room 0016, Circuit Dr, Box 3906
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710 USA
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phone: 919-684-3929 or 919-684-6686
email: Dr. Klitzman
Dr. Klitzman was the 1998-1999 President of:
Dr. Klitzman also founded the North
Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Society (NCTERMS) in 1998
13th Annual Meeting
was held November 4, 2011
For more information about the group, go to: www.ncterm.org
Newspaper picture from 1997 showing Page Klitzman cheering on the winning Madagascar
Page graduated from Jordan
High School in 2006, and
with highest honors and distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.
Page in front of the statue of The Little Mermaid while
studying in Copenhagen.
Page is now a PhD student in the
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University
of Florida in Gainesville.
Hardee Klitzman, 25, died unexpectedly Sunday, August 9, at home in Philadelphia of an
undiagnosed cardiac abnormality. Rachel was born October 10, 1983 in Shreveport, LA
to Bruce and Hardee Brown Klitzman. She moved at the age of 2 with her family
Rachel graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School
and East Carolina
University’s College of Nursing.
She began her nursing career at UNC Hospital in orthopedic surgery and most recently
worked in orthopedic trauma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
was an inveterate caregiver, always nurturing and supporting those in need. She
was a radiant spirit who adored her family and friends, with a special knack
for keeping in touch with everyone. Rachel was brimming with enthusiasm over
her upcoming marriage to Stephen, looking forward to beginning a family of her
own with him. She loved to travel with her family and friends, and was equally
content staying at home to play games.
addition to her parents, Rachel is survived by her sister Page Klitzman; her fiancé Stephen Ellison,
currently in the MD/PhD program at Temple University in Philadelphia; her
grandparents, Maurice and Mary Ann Klitzman, and Barbara and Burt Behrens; her
uncles and aunts, Jack Klitzman, Clara
Hopkins and Babs Mitchell; and cousins, Aris Musa, and Taylor and Mason Hopkins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 9:30 AM
Saturday from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. Steven Patti
presiding. Interment following in Maplewood
Cemetery. Friends may
visit 4-7:00 PM Friday at church, 810
W. Chapel Hill St., Durham.
Donations in Rachel’s memory may be made to: Rachel Klitzman Scholarship
Fund, ECU College of Nursing, 525 Moye Blvd. Greenville, NC 27834. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time (by her Dad)
mortals are burdened with the notion of time. When an unexpected death occurs, we
can’t help but focus on the tragedy of a physical life cut too
short. There is nothing wrong about
the sadness and grief over it and the events that now will never happen: the
beautiful children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews that she and
Stephen were poised to create together, or the suffering patients to whom
Rachel would have brought such loving and hopeful care. Those are indeed tragic. And there is nothing we can do now to
we should also never minimize the reality of our spiritual life, which has no
end. There are people in our own
lives who have touched us or been touched by us in a deep spiritual way. This encounter may have been just for a
moment or several moments in the physical world, but the memory and impact of
that brief encounter will last indefinitely. For many of us here, we were truly
blessed to have known Rachel even if for a shorter physical time
than we would have liked.
teach the medical students that the heart is not very good at healing, which
was fatal for Rachel. The hole that
Rachel now leaves in our hearts will heal only a small amount over time. But knowing Rachel even briefly added a
soft part to our hearts for which we are eternally grateful. Hardee, Page and I were very blessed
that Rachel always stayed close to home, even if separated by some physical
distance. Rachel knew that distance
or physical time were but small impediments to maintaining a family connection.
joy that emitted from Rachel as she talked about and prepared for her wedding
to Stephen was electric. Fr Dan was
going to preside at Sacred Heart Cathedral with the reception to follow at Newton Place. Rachel already had her gorgeous
gown. We can gain some peace in
knowing that the happiness in anticipating that event was so satisfying to her.
memory, impact, and love will endure; THAT will never end. In the same way, God always was and will
always be. God is timeless. People seeking to understand God often
ask , “Why does God take so long?” Or “How long do people have to
wait to get into heaven?”
Well, God doesn’t do it that way. God does it with spiritual
preparedness. We enter heaven when
we are truly ready, not by a calendar or some “spiritual review
board”. That is God’s
time. When you touch someone
spiritually as Rachel did, it is forever.
know Rachel is in Heaven now; Rachel’s time is now God’s time.
Rachel and Page Klitzman visited
the Great Pyramids in 1999; newspaper picture
Bruce visited the Great Pyramids again in 2004 with Hassan Mohammed El-Sabbagh, Mahmoud, and Ahmed
Bruce, Page, and Hardee Klitzman at Monty
Reichert's Wedding; November, 2002
Here is a photo of a 300 pound potato cod taken on Bruce's August, 2001 visit
to The Great Barrier Reef
Thirty more of Bruce's photos (including several of Nemo!)
can be viewed at: Great