William 'Bill' Klug Family Fund
Bill was a loving father, great coach, and a valued member of this close knit California town.
His family was the most important thing to him and our goal is to make sure they are taken care of now and in the future.
The money will be used for supporting the family and college for his son and daughter.
Bill meant a lot to this town, and so much more to his beautiful family. To have his life taken in this senseless and violent way is incomprehensible. Please give whatever you can to support his family and the legacy he leaves both in his community and at UCLA.
As noted in the previous update, we want to make sure that you are also aware of the UCLA Klug Family Support Fund which is also collecting contributions for the direct support of Bill's surviving family. You can visit the page for that fund here: http://giveto.ucla.edu/fund/klug-family-support-fund/
Bill's alma mater, Westmont College, will also be forming a scholarship in Bill's memory. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made in honor of Bills's memory at:
William Klug Scholarship
955 La Paz Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
If you are interested in making a contribution to honor Bill's memory or to support his family, please give in which ever way you feel most comfortable or connected with. Please also share your memories of Bill and words of support in the comments below.
Thank you for honoring Bill's memory and supporting his family.
If you are considering a contribution to help support Bill's family, we encourage you to contribute to whichever fund you feel most comfortable with or connected to.
You can view or contribute to the UCLA Klug Family Support Fund at http://giveto.ucla.edu/fund/klug-family-support-fund/
Thanks again for all of the support over the last week, both financial and otherwise!
You may have seen today that UCLA has also started a memorial fund for the Klug family. We will be coordinating with the UCLA fund in the coming days to make sure that our efforts are complimentary to each other. We encourage you to contribute to whichever of the funds you feel most connected to.
Finally, I updated the grainy photo of Bill this evening with one that I came across this evening while going through old photos. This photo was taken at the 2005 UCLA Engineering Commencement when Bill was a brand new professor there. You can truly tell that he loved being there.
Once the campaign ends, the Klug Family will have direct access to these funds.
Our entire community is so grateful for your kind words and support.
Some of the comments on this page are beyond disturbing. An unbelievable tragedy occurred at UCLA yesterday in which a professor in the prime of his career was senselessly murdered. The sad part is that this situation suddenly becomes a blip on everyone’s radar screen when it is discovered it is “only” a murder suicide and not a mass murderer or terrorist. There are family and friends, as well as an entire UCLA community who are mourning today. And for the family, the pain will never end. The cynicism and insensitivity seen on some of the entries on this page speaks to a greater problem of the self-centered, self-indulgent society we are becoming. It also speaks to the ignorance of those who feel that whatever life insurance or other benefits a professor is entitled to upon his death, are enough to sustain his wife and children ad infinitum. Shame on those of you who criticize this fund raising effort, which will never bring this young man back, but may help relieve some ongoing worry for his wife as she tries to raise two small children without their father.
Dearest Professor Klug: I did not know you personally, but I'm beyond certain that we share something in common: We are both human. I was having coffee with a friend when I noticed waves of law enforcement pass by our office building on Wilshire and Gayley. It wasn't until much later in the afternoon that I heard the details and saw your name. My heart aches for you and your family. I am so sorry that Tuesday night ended and Wednesday morning began with you and your family, friends, students and colleagues not knowing you were living your last hours in this life. Tragedies like these are senseless and we all come together and deplore them - it is a testament and reminder of the fragility of life. You're no longer here but your memory, spirit and presence will forever be with those who knew and loved you. I implore all of us to put aside our differences, misunderstandings, hurt and pain, and seek to only find love and compassion even during the darkest hours of adversity. To Professor Klug, his family, the entire UCLA community and all of you: One star in the sky leads sailors home, a grain of sand starts a landslide, a butterfly can start a hurricane, you're gone and the world is empty without you. Believe me
The amount of money Professor Klug made alive is going to be nothing compared to the deficit from the loss of income his family is getting ready to face without him. Instead of spotlighting what he had, let's focus on what his children now don't have because of their loss: a loving father murdered senselessly. Their is no amount of money that can make up for this. But a little money given generously to those in grief can do nothing but help.
With regards to the expediency of this page, that's how we do things in El Segundo. We move quickly to help people at their time of need and hurt. Our thoughts, prayers and now actions for the Klug family are because we are a close-knit community that takes care of each other.
Antonette Kida Franklin not that it matters but Professor's Klug's salary is a matter of public record, it was $103,400. That not big bucks in California for someone with a PhD. The family deserves the compassion and support of the global academic community.
Antonette. Before assuming professors make big bucks please remember that there is now a family with young children left behind with no future income. Expenses for memorials, money for children's futures and more will all be needed in the future. Before assuming I would suggest being a bit more compassionate and not judgmental.
Bill was a classmate of mine from Westmont College. He was a TA for Physics and ran study sessions for dumb kids like me. Bill was the only reason I passed college physics. I learned everything from him during the study sessions because I could not understand anything from my German professor. Bill was kind, gentle, and such a smart guy. I cannot begin to comprehend the grief his family and close friends must be going through. I am praying for Bill's family and everyone in his UCLA and El Segundo community. Bill was a wonderful human being. Thank you for impacting so many lives, including my own.
Let's see, how do a relate to this tragedy??? I grew up in El Segundo. I probably was good friends will the parents of the teachers of Bill's kids. I probably played on the street where his widow and kids live. I have countless friends who attended UCLA. My Uncle was a Researcher and Professor there. I was an Educator for almost 40 years. I am a Single Mom who primarily supported my 4 children through college and weddings and this cost doesn't compare to any amount of money given to the family because of this senseless act.. After saying all of this, the main reason I am donating is to show the family that the human race cares!! Plain and simple!
To the little league family that set up this account, your awesome! As administrators of this account I think you should look into how to delete negative comments. These comments are seriously the LAST thing this family wants or needs to see. It's disheartening how some people can be! My heart goes out to all who knew him! Julie S.
To William Klug's family, I can't even begin to imagine your grief. Such a wonderful person taken from this earth and so young. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, children, colleagues and friends. I'm so sad for his wife, his daughter, his son. May they have wonderful memories of their father to last them a lifetime. Hoping that perhaps UCLA could provide free college education for the children and perhaps that could ease the worry of his widow a little. A wife without a husband, children without a father, students without an amazing professor and for what? A disagreement? Where has rational discussion gone? What has happened to our civil society? Why must people solve their problems with a gun? On another note...To those of you who have posted short sighted, cruel remarks, jessica, raymond and antonette, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. William Klug WAS THE SOLUTION as are the others here who have posted words of kindness and support. We NEED more people like William Klug in our world and less of you...
People who cannot say something nice should say nothing at all. If you do not like or approve of what is going on with this this page, simply stay off the page. Please do not leave negative comments. You are just adding to the pain and suffering of the family and friends that are mourning.
My condolences to the Klug family. If anyone is doing this on behalf of the family, please make sure they know they are eligible for Workers' Compensation death benefits for up to $300,000.00. That will go a long way in helping the family. They should reach out to UCLA for the necessary paperwork.
The entire UCLA community is heartbroken over the loss of Professor Klug. The world lost a brilliant mind, a loving father and husband, and a wonderful soul yesterday. I hope that in what seems like endless, unshakeable darkness, the Klug family realizes every Bruin stands with them, ready to help them heal in any way possible. Let there be light, and let Professor Klug's memory live on through every soul he has touched. We will remember you, always. - Alyssa, UCLA Class of 2014