Kenneth A. Koch MINT HILL - Kenneth A. Koch, 42, died on August 15, 2013, at Hospice Center after a short and courageous battle with Cruezt-feldt Jakob's Disease. Ken was a talented and much-loved theater arts teacher at Northeastern Middle School, and recently received the 2013 Cato Excellence in Teaching Award as the Art recipient from the Arts and Science Council. Ken is survived by Dean R. Zoch of Mint Hill, his beloved partner of 17 years; his heartbroken parents, John and Arlene Koch of Deerfield Beach, FL; his mother-in-law Gertrude Zoch of Nassau, NY; brothers- and sisters-in-law; many wonderful friends and hundreds of former students. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 19, 2013