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Randall Otto Kahn


1948 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Randall Otto Kahn Obituary
April 14, 1948 - July 18, 2017
Randall O. (Randy) Kahn, son of the late Otto J. and Leila Kahn of Chicago, IL, passed away on July 18 in his home in Hollywood at the age of 69. A modern-day renaissance man with boundless energies and an infectious love of life, Randy's professional career spanned banking, consulting, lecturing, teaching, journalism, acting, film production, and diverse international and pro bono project management activities. As Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank, Randy was a pioneer of and recognized expert in the field of electronic funds transfer systems. Among his many later professional achievements, he helped to modernize banking systems in Bangladesh and Trinidad & Tobago and consulted for government agencies and private entrepreneurs in China. A West Coast transplant since 1979, Randy retired from banking at the age of 51 to devote his time to traveling, speaking, consulting, and mentoring as well as his passions of acting and film production. Among other community activities, he was an actively engaged member of the Screen Actors Guild, where he served on the Board of Directors for the SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union and was Founder and Chairman of the Performers Health Care Council. A U.S. Army veteran, Randy joined Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion, where he was currently serving as Judge Advocate. He was a dedicated steward of the post, applying his business acumen and vast professional experience to a number of projects, among them the ongoing massive renovation of the post theater into a state-of-the-art cinema and event venue. Randy's many philanthropic enterprises included mentoring youth; advising banking and entertainment industry colleagues; providing international travel, dining and entertainment recommendations as well as organizing group tours based on his extensive knowledge and expertise; and participating frequently in English language and culture immersion programs for Spanish professionals at Pueblo Inglés in Spain. He also created a funded endowment at Ball State University and a scholarship at Franklin College, IN, both his alma maters, and bequeathed a memorial contribution to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Randy had an enduring influence on countless lives with his vitality and tenacious spirit. He was devoted to his family, whom he helped nurture following the early demise of his mother, and will be greatly missed by his brother and sister, niece, nephew, and great-nephews, as well as his many admirers throughout the world. A funeral service was held on Sunday, July 23, at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. His friends and family will gather at midday this Sunday, August 13, at The American Legion Hollywood Post for a celebration of Randy's life. Donations may be made to the American Legion at www.hollywoodpost43.org/donate.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 4 to Aug. 13, 2017
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