D. Richard M. Klaus, 74, an orthopedic surgeon, died Dec. 20 after a 30-year battle with heart disease. A Philadelphia native, he was a resident of Atlanta.
Klaus graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
He did his residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia before moving to Atlanta in 1971, where he established a medical practice, joined shortly thereafter by his partner of more than a quarter century, Dr. Richard Cohen.
Klaus & Cohen was a pre-eminent orthopedic practice in Atlanta for decades, serving high-profile athletes and sports teams.
A military captain in the Army Medical Corps, Klaus served during the Vietnam War with a construction engineer battalion.
He enjoyed painting, needlepoint, cooking, fixing things around the house, caring for his koi pond and doing his daily puzzles.
Klaus is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; daughter Karen Kolin; son David Klaus; sister Stephanie Newman; brother Dr. Robert Klaus; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations can be sent to: the Richard Klaus Fund at WABE, 750 Bismark Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30324, www.WABE.org  or the William Breman Jewish Home in Atlanta.