MARK KAHN
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KAHN--Mark Leo, died on November 10, 2020 at age 98. Mark was born in Manhattan on December 16, 1921 to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He attended the Walden School, and earned a BA from Columbia in 1942 (Editor-in-Chief of the Spectator). Stationed in London from 1943-45 as an analyst with the OSS, he attained the rank of Army Captain. A PhD in Economics from Harvard under John Dunlop led to a 36-year professorial career at Wayne State University in Detroit, focused on labor relations. A National Academy of Arbitrators member since 1955 (President, 1983-84), he presided over some 1,200 labor disputes before retiring in 2004. Mark remained exceptionally good-natured and friendly throughout his long life. He is survived by his four children: Ann, Peter, James, Jean, and their families.


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Published in New York Times on Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Mark was a giant in our field of labor relations. I have many fond memories of working w/ him on LERA matters . He was truly a great men
James B Perry
Acquaintance
November 21, 2020
I met Mark only over the telephone. I always enjoyed speaking with him and he struck me as a kind and generous man. I am sad to hear of his passing.
Jill Lowing
Acquaintance
November 20, 2020
He was an outstanding individual, an icon in our community, and a great leader who saw the value in the promotion and growth of LEARA as a venue that encouraged the interaction between labor, management and dispute resolution professionals.
Jim Amar
Acquaintance
November 20, 2020
Mark was an inspiration and mentor to so many labor arbitrators and members of the National Academy, including me. He conducted the new member orientation the year that I was admitted - 1987 - and he immediately got us involved in the work of the Academy. And for so many years after that, he was always a friendly face at meetings who would inquire about how things were going for me out in Colorado. I raise my glass in a salute to him for a long life well lived.
John Sass
Acquaintance
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