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Kahn, Alvin Died peacefully at the de Rham Hospice in Cambridge on October 2, after a long struggle with emphysema. Born and raised in New Jersey, his passion for science took him to Harvard in 1945, where he majored in physics and met his first wife Sandra Ginsberg. Reading Kierkegaard as an undergraduate inclined him toward medicine as a career, and a talk by Grete Bibring led him to psychiatry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1949 and Harvard Medical School in 1953, interned at Mt. Sinai and served in the United States Air Force before returning to Cambridge where he practiced psychotherapy for the rest of his life. His marriages to Sandra Kahn and to Dr. Betty North ended in divorce, and he leaves his companion of 15 years, Betty Taymor. "Big Al" was a man of many passions, including travel, Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, opera, cigars, convertibles, skiing, tennis, and really anything else that seemed interesting or beautiful. His greatest passions were friends, family, and finding proof for the existence of God. He is predeceased by his beloved pooches Orpheus, Jason, and Jake, and leaves his children Michael, Jonathan, and Susan, and beloved granddaughters Emma, Maia, Nina, Esther, and Lili. Burial was private at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home, 65 Chilton St. Cambridge 02138.
Published in The Boston Globe from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2014
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