Oct. 22, 1907 Johnstown Cambria County Pennsylvania, USA
May 20, 1984 Reidsville Rockingham County North Carolina, USA
Physician and pioneering vitamin C researcher. He was a 1936 graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. After three years of medical training, Dr. Klenner established his medical practice in Reidsville, North Carolina. Beginning in the 1940s, Klenner began experimenting with megadoses of vitamins, mostly vitamin C to treat a variety of medical disorders, including polio. His work inspired others, including Nobel Prize winer, Linus Pauling, in their research of vitamin C. In the 1988 Clinical Guide, Pauling is quoted as saying, "The early papers by Dr. Fred R. Klenner provide much information about the use of large doses of Vitamin C in preventing and treating many diseases. These papers are still important." He published 27 papers about the benefits of vitamin C therapy for over 30 diseases. In 1946, Dr. Klenner delivered the world's first set of surviving identical black quadruplets, the Fultz Quadruplets, at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville. Klenner attributed their survival to massive doses of vitamins that he administered to the babies. While Dr. Klenner was revered by many, including many of his own patients, he was also surrounded by controversy over his eccentric views. He was shunned by many in the medical community for his unconventional treatment of some diseases with megadoses of vitamins, eventually leading up to him giving up his privileges to admit and treat patients at the Annie Penn Hospital. And while he treated patients of all races at his Reidsville office up until he gave up his thriving medical practice, his waiting room was still segregated until the day it closed in the early 1980s. Dr. Klenner was the brother-in-law of Susie Sharp, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was the father of serial killer, Frederick "Fritz" Klenner Jr., who died in an fiery vehicle explosion in 1985 while eluding local and state law enforcement authorities in Guilford County, North Carolina.