Harold Kleinert
hand surgeon

Harold Kleinert, a Louisville hand surgeon who was considered a pioneer in the treatment of hand injuries, died Sept. 26. He was 91.

His family announced his death but provided no further details.

Dr. Kleinert began his practice in Louisville in 1953 and also was clinical professor of surgery at the University of Louisville and Indiana University-Purdue University. In 1977, he reportedly performed the first known successful bilateral arm replant, reattaching a tin miner’s severed arms.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey said in a statement that Dr. Kleinert “was a pioneer in his field who shared his knowledge with hundreds of surgeons and University of Louisville medical students.”

Dr. Kleinert was a native of Montana and was a graduate of Temple University’s medical school in Philadelphia.

Arnold I. Burns
Justice Dept. official

Arnold I. Burns, who resigned in protest as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, died Oct. 1 in New York City. He was 83.

The New York Times reported that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Burns was a corporate lawyer in New York when he joined the Justice Department in 1985. He was named deputy attorney, second in command to Attorney General Edwin Meese III, in 1986.

A year later, after a special prosecutor began to investigate Meese’s possible involvement in the Iran-contra scandal and a proposed oil pipeline in Iraq, Mr. Burns began to distance himself from his boss.

Early in 1988, Mr. Burns and William F. Weld, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, resigned from their jobs, citing “a deep malaise that was setting in by virtue of Mr. Meese’s problems and the public outcry for his resignation.”

Weld later became governor of Massachusetts.

Meese resigned as attorney general in July 1988.

— News services and staff reports