Bahna, Ralph M.
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Ralph M. Bahna, age 71, a resident of Stamford, CT died Monday, February 24, 2014, with his loving family by his side. Born in Grand Rapids, MI on August 23, 1942 he was the son of the late Ralph and Frieda Mushro Bahna. Mr. Bahna was the husband of Dorothy Ballard Bahna.
Mr. Bahna was the founder and longtime Chairman of the Club Quarters business hotel chain. He was a founding investor and the longtime Chairman of Priceline.com; he was the CEO of Cunard Lines, USA; and later Chairman for almost a decade of Cunard Lines, Ltd.; and a senior marketing executive with Trans World Airlines.
In both his business and private life, Ralph combined integrity and personal modesty with constant drive and passionate commitment to both public service and the public good. Ralph commanded attention, respect and loyalty through the clarity, forcefulness and originality of his thinking and leadership.
In the field of health, Ralph supported Columbia New York Presbyterian's atrial fibrillation research and served on its heart steering committee. He was also involved in developing the Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness at Stamford Hospital (Stamford, Connecticut). In the field of education, Ralph worked with the dean at UC Berkeley, one of his alma maters, to develop the "Innovative Leader" curriculum of the Haas School of Business. He was also a generous supporter of the University of Michigan wrestling program, where he was once a Big Ten champion for the Wolverines.
Ralph always regarded his family as the source of his greatest joy. In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter Laura Lovejoy and her husband William of Larchmont, NY, his daughter Deborah Chrabolowski and her husband John of Wilton, CT, his son Adam Bahna and his wife Amy of Darien, CT, one sister Joanne Deeb of Bloomfield Hills, MI and eight grandchildren, Jackson, Cole, Mason, Emery, Zachary, Tyler, Ella, and Cassidy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00AM in St. Cecilia's Church,1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends on Monday March 3, 2014 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM at the Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St, New Canaan, CT.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Bahna Fund for Electrophysiology/ New York- Presbyterian Fund, Inc. c/o Adele Conner, Office of Development, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 654 West 170th St., NY, NY 10032
For online condolences and directions visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com
Hoyt Funeral Home
199 Main St
New Canaan, CT 06840
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Feb. 27, 2014