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Passed away at his home in Rockville, Maryland on January 26, 2014. Son of the late Clyde L and Grace S. Lynn, Kenneth was born in Iron City, Ohio on May 22, 1924 and was raised in Logan County, Ohio. In 1947 he married Bettylu Hines of West Liberty, Ohio. He has made his home in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1957.
Dr. Lynn was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy L. (Woodrow) Schrader. He is survived by his wife, Bettylu and their two sons, Dr. Christopher K. (Elloise) of Holland, Ohio and Dr. Nicholas J. (Lisa) of West End, North Carolina, and a brother-in-law David D. (Anne) Hines of Springfield, Ohio.
An Ohio licensed embalmer and funeral director, Kenneth worked with his father at the Troyer-Lynn Funeral Home in West Liberty before entering dental school at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation from the dental school in 1956, Dr. Lynn was selected for a rotating internship at the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Hospital in Seattle, Washington. During a 32 year career as a Commissioned Dental Officer in the USPHS, Dr. Lynn saw service in the Division of Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics, Office of the USPHS Surgeon General, National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), one of the National Institutes of Health. At the NIDR he was instrumental in developing online databases that improved coordination and dissemination of information to the research community at large. He received the USPHS Commendation Medal in 1984 and the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal in 1989
He was a World War II army veteran with duty stops in China, Korea, and Japan. He participated in many professional organizations and was an invited member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Dentistry. He was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honorary and Beta Phi Mu library honorary. Dr. Lynn was an Elder of the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.
A private family memorial service is planned. He will be interred at a future date in the Kingscreek Baptist Church cemetery in Urbana, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church at 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 28, 2014
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