THOMAS FRENCH KUEHNE
1933 - 2020
BORN
1933
DIED
2020
Thomas French Kuehne was born March 11, 1933 in Indianapolis, IN to Herbert and Grace (French) Kuehne. He passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020. He was the loving husband of Donna for 63 years; devoted and caring father to Kim (Scott) Veitch of Palatine and Tom (Christine) Kuehne of Arlington Heights; proud grandfather of Craig (Kristy) Kuehne, Katie (Sean) Freed, Brett Veitch, Jeena Poznecki, and Angela (Richard) Koster; dear great-grandfather to Sadie, Lighlah, and Vayda. Tom grew up in Evanston and went to Evanston High School. He earned his BS degree in Social Studies at NIU after serving in the Army for 2 years; taught 6th grade for 2 years, then earned his MS degree in Government Economics at NIU. He worked at Glenbrook North HS in Northbrook for 31 years as a teacher of Social Studies, Political Science and Economics. He was the Dept Chair of Social Studies for 14 of those years. While Dept Chair, he supervised a Skills Development Center for students that included parents participation in evening classes. He also created an Honors Independent Research Program and was on the Alumni, Honors, and Interdisciplinary Committees. In his free time, Tom loved his family, beach vacations, philosophical debates and desserts. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Jim, Dick, Don and Bill Kuehne. Due to current circumstances, a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


Published by Daily Herald on May 31, 2020.
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There are some people I think we think will be around forever. This man is one of them for me. The Kuehne family is one of those safe and uncluttered memories that serves as an anchor to reality.

Today is my father's 85th birthday which is why I was snooping around. When I got to my friend Tom the Younger, his Dad popped up in the number 1 spot. Where he belongs, but for the wrong reason. Our world is poorer for his departure.

I dedicate a moment of silence to a man who was a fine example for me. Love to Donna, Kim and Tom.
Jim Borgman
Friend
September 27, 2020
Tom was an amazing man and was a pleasure to take care of. He always kept me on my toes when doing activities with him. He and I shared some things in common such as a dislike for mushrooms, hazel eyes and playing the clarinet. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Krissy Becker-kristufek
Krissy becker-kristufek
Acquaintance
June 3, 2020
Tom was an amazing man and was a pleasure to take care of. He always kept me on my toes when doing activities with him. He and I shared some things in common such as a dislike for mushrooms, hazel eyes and playing the clarinet. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Krissy Becker-kristufek
Kristine Becker-kristufek
Acquaintance
June 3, 2020
Tom was an amazing man and was a pleasure to take care of. He always kept me on my toes when doing activities with him. He and I shared some things in common such as a dislike for mushrooms, hazel eyes and playing the clarinet. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Krissy Becker-kristufek
Kristine Becker-kristufek
Acquaintance
June 3, 2020
Donna and I worked together in District 25. Tom and Donna visited us AZ where we had nice visit. My sympathies to Donna and family. Miriam Schuler
Miriam Schuler
Friend
June 1, 2020
Tom was a wonderful colleague at GBN to all teachers, a compassionate and wise man. He supported us not only professionally, but also personally. Ill always remember him coming to the service for my daughter after both he and I had both been retired.
Peg Forbes
Coworker
June 1, 2020
I knew Tom from the beginning of my time at Glenbrook North. He was always thoughtful and sincere. After my retirement, I had the good fortune of seeing him at the retired teachers breakfasts. He was a great reader and philosophical conversations with him always left me wanting more. On top of all that, both of our wives are named Donna and both of them worked for District 25 in Arlington Heights. My condolences to Donna and the rest of the family.
Matt Blackall
Coworker
June 1, 2020
I met Mr. Kuehne several times. He seemed like a very nice gentleman and accomplished individual. I used to bowl in a league with his wife, Donna and also worked for same employer as his son, Tom. My thoughts and prayers go out to both he and his family. May God Bless him.
Mike McIntyre
Acquaintance
May 31, 2020
Im very sorry to read about Toms passing. Tom hired me in 1980 at GBN. He was not only a wonderful person but also a very effective instructional leader for the Social Studies department. He encouraged us to work together and therefore allowed a strong and experienced staff to make it an excellent department. To this day I am very grateful to Tom for giving me the opportunity to teach at GBN, my most condolences, Michael Radakovich
Michael Radakovich
Coworker
May 31, 2020
Having taught with Tom Kuehne for most of his years at GBN, I have the greatest admiration for him. He was always supportive as a teacher and even more so when he became Instructional Supervisor. He sensed when I needed a change in classes that I taught and supported me throughout some difficult times that I had. We were exactly 10 years apart to the day and celebrated every year together. Our sympathy goes out to the family and Donna. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Burt Rhodes
Coworker
May 30, 2020
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