Dr. Elmer Joseph KUHN

KUHN, Dr. Elmer Joseph 86, of Palm Harbor, died unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2013 at Mease Countryside Hospital in Clearwater. He was born in Carteret, NJ to Mary Nemish and Joseph Kuhn. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Agnes Sinniger Kuhn, Palm Harbor; a son, Jeffrey (Michelle) and grandson Jonathan, Washington DC; his sister, Marian Kovacs, Tarpon Springs; and three nieces, Diane Morin, Judi Payne, and Nancy Horne. Dr. Kuhn served in the US Navy during WWII and again in the Korean conflict. He used the GI Bill of Rights to earn a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico. He followed that with a Master's and Doctorate in administration from Michigan State University. While in New Mexico and Michigan, he taught in the public schools and later became an instructor at Northern Illinois University. He became the first dean of students at Sauk Valley Community College in Sterling, IL. In 1968 he moved to the east coast to become dean of students and later dean of arts and sciences at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. In 1992 he retired and moved to Tarpon Springs. Dr. Kuhn was always active in the community and in local and state politics. He was appointed by the governor of Maryland to the Bowie State College board of visitors and served as a campaign manager for "Buzz" Ryan, Maryland state senator. He also served on the boards of the local and regional YMCA. He belonged to numerous professional associations always advocating for public education at all levels. After retiring from education, he continued as a community activist becoming a Guardian Ad Litem for children throughout the Pinellas-Pasco County Courts system. After his passing, Dr. Kuhn was honored with a remembrance ceremony at St. Mark's Village in Palm Harbor where he and his wife had recently moved. Many of his colleagues, friends, and former students who could not be present sent emails relating his impact on their lives. He was a true educator who believed in the power of public education to transform the lives of young and old. He is missed by many whose lives were impacted by his friendship, advocacy, generosity, and wisdom.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 20, 2014