Fred Kahn was my Phd thesis advisor and shaper of many of my views on economics. I took my degree in 1965, have worked in Washington and Ottawa, Canada and am now retired. And I still quote him and his ideas both in conversation and on the net.
Arthur Cordell Ph.D. economics 1965
Dear Mary, Rachel and Hannah -
What a warm and remarkable person your dad was! My dad's at Kendal and I ran into Fred once; I'm shy so I said nothing but he initiated the conversation, recalled perfectly who I was, and engaged me so kindly with questions about my family.
I was there when Chippie Fogel came bringing pictures of their mutual great-granddaughter and I remember how wry and funny and charming he was about her.
I stopped by yesterday on one of my bi-monthly visits to Ithaca to say hello, but discovered I was too late. I'm so sorry to have missed the opportunity to visit with him and experience again his essential kindness. He was special.
Maddy Parrish Patterson
A truly wonderful man, Fred was never idle with his time. His devotion to his wife, Mary, was so touching and beautiful to watch. He was always kind and interested in everyone he spoke to. It is certain he will be missed by many.
Ithaca, New York
Dear Mary and family,
It was such an honor and a delight to know Fred. He was such a sweet, humble, and funny man. I loved the times I got to talk with him and, more importantly, to listen to him talk.
Our organization, Love Knows No Bounds, is forever grateful for Fred's tremendous generosity when we were just getting started with assisting families recovering from Hurricane Katrina. He is someone whose love and care for others truly knew no bounds, and we will miss him dearly.
Thank you, Fred, for bringing light and joy to our lives and the lives of the many you touched in New Orleans!
Prof. Kahn was a frequent guest lecturer in my Airline Management Class at the Hotel School at Cornell. (HA 409). He was a gracious man, of encyclopedic knowledge of the metrics of the airline business, and always exhibited enormous interest in and patience with all of the many questions posed to him by my students. In private life he was a committed amateur thespian, and my wife and I had the privilege of seeing him perform at Ithaca High School and Ithaca College. The world is a better place for his having been here, and he will be sorely missed. I offer my deepest condolences to Mrs. Kahn and the family.
I am sorry for your loss. Death brings indescribable pain. Please know that God does promise, "He will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Imagine living with your loved one again without the fear of either of you dying. That is something to look forward to.
Dear Kahn family,
My memories of Dr. Kahn and his family gi back many years when I was their babysitter. Mr. Kahn was always so kind and thoughtful. When I celebrated 25 years as a Sister of Mercy, Mr. & Mrs Kahn came to my ceremony and I was very touched by their presence.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Sister Jane Kenrick, RSM
How can one man touch the hearts of so many? Alfred Kahn...gifted in so many ways... a teacher to this day. Memories fill my heart... I wish to express my deep saddness over his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.
Fred Kahn inspired many people in their careers and their personal lives across the years. I was one. As a very young director of insurance in Illinois I was sent by other state insurance commissioners to meet Fred in his role as "inflation czar." After one brief meeting I came away with a life-long lesson in how to take a problem seriously while not taking myself too seriously and also what it meant to take on an impossible or even ridiculous mission with elan and commitment. Later, when I chaired the Illinois utility comisison I came to know Fred much better. I still see as my proudest profesisonal achievement applying Fred's ideas about airline competition in the fields of telecom, gas and eventually electricity. We stayed in touch a bit in the decades that followed and crossed paths in our work. He always offered gentle guidance along with a good chuckle. Fred Kahn was a great and wonderful man. I send my sympathy and my best regards to Fred's family and friends.
To Dr. Kahn's family
He was a wonderful man and did so much good for us all. My condolences to you.
I met him on a flight from Ithaca to Philadelphia. It took me some time to introduce myself but I finally did and told him I had admired his politics for decades. We talked for most of the flight and at one point he said he had been blessed with wonderful jobs throughout life. He was headed to his daughter's and family in Vt. and he had a twinkle in his when he spoke of her.
Kathy Barbieri, Richford, NY
Fred Khan was a dear friend of our family for years and years.
My sympathies to all the Khan children who I grew up with.
Son of Robert & Jane Wilson
Nashville, IN & Marathon, FL
Dr. Kahn was behind me in line at the Ithaca Real Food Co-op many years ago. I discovered I had no checks, and he paid for my groceries, trusting I would send him a check, which, of course, I did. I have never missed a chance to "pay it forward" in honor of a kind, generous, trusting person, and I will keep him in my thoughts forever. Mary Tvaroha Blavos
It was a pleasure to know him as just a "regular" guy and to have been able to be one of his many caregivers these past few years. He will be missed.
Dear Mary- Your husband was a fine teacher and a generous mentor. I took his course on Antitrust Economics at Cornell. Thereafter, he was a mentor, supporting my applcation to the Cornell MBA program and provided guidance later during my P & G career, when he was in DC with the Carter administration. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
John Siegfried, Cornell, Class of 1960
Dear Mary and family,
I had the pleasure of working for Fred as a junior economist at the Civil Aeronautics Board. I greatly admired his intellect, his humor, and his concern for the people he worked with. Even when disagreeing with a staff recommendation, he did so with a smile.
To this day, when getting into a debate about airline economics or regulatory policy, I will ask myself what would Fred Kahn say.
I am already missing him
I spent countless hours at the Kahn home during the 60's, when Joel and I were in high school. I treasure my memories of the Kahn family. Fred never stopped moving or singing!
Emily Keast Donahue, Paris, France
A great teacher will never be forgotten...SAN Cornell '59
To the family of Dr. Kahn,
A few years ago, I met Alfred and had the opportunity to spend time with him and Mary. I so enjoyed speaking with him, listening, and learning from his many stories. He loved his family dearly, especially his Mary. He showed such compassion to her.
Alfred was a remarkable man...
To the family of Mr. Kahn you may not know how far his generosity and love extended but let us tell you. As a supporter of Love Knows No Bounds in Ithaca he contributed to assist families in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina through St. John #5 Faith Church. Pastor Bruce and I(Deborah) had opportunity to visit with Mr. Kahn while on a thank you tour to Ithaca (2009). That visit was the highlight of our visit. Thank you for sharing him with us. Pastor Bruce and Deborah Davenport (firstname.lastname@example.org) New Orleans, LA
May god bless him and his family.
He was great economist
To the family of Dr. Kahn, I worked for Fred when he was Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board. By observing him, I learned so much on how to manage and treat people. He was so loved by the staff; we'd never worked so hard (for him) to essentially eliminate our jobs. I'll always fondly recall his comment on a "bunch of inflations" when he saw bananas on the reception table (in a reference to the unallowed word). His sense of humor was contagious. He was the best boss I ever had. May you have peace.
Dear Mary and Family,
We deeply mourn Fred's passing, of which we were informed this morning. Fred was truly a man among men, who accomplished so much yet always made time to brighten the day of an old friend. We treasure the memory of our reunion with him after 40 years when we brought our daughter to attend Cornell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
- The Zimmerman Family: Phyllis (IC '72), Bob (CU '69) and Katie (CU '12)
To the the family of Alfred Kahn - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Alfred will be missed by many.
To Mary and Family:
We are saddened to read of Alfred's passing. It was always a pleasure seeing him in the office. We will miss his kind and gentile nature. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.