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January 27, 2013
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
February 22, 2011
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
January 14, 2011
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.

Robin Gavin
Ithaca, New York
January 03, 2011
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!
January 02, 2011
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.
December 31, 2010
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.
December 31, 2010
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
December 30, 2010
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.
December 30, 2010
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.
Phil O'Connor
December 30, 2010
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.
Warm regards,
Kathy Barbieri, Richford, NY

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