Kenneth (Ken) Edgar Kahn, passed away, peacefully, with his loving wife, Noni, at his bedside in their home in Rancho La Quinta, on Friday, August 12, 2011. Ken had battled cancer for the past two years, never yielding to the relentless pain and inconveniences that this insatiable foe inflicted. His positive attitude was inspiring as was his determination to intellectually understood and aggressively challenge his disease. Unfortunately, he encountered an aggressor that he simply could not defeat. He will be truly missed, particularly his warmth, humor, gregarious nature, intellect, compassion, and, in the end, his courage. Ken was born in 1937 in San Francisco to Anne Kahn, a caring and giving mother, and to Edgar Kahn, his father, a successful stockbroker. He was especially proud of his membership in the Boy Scouts' troop #17 in San Francisco. He had met several of his life-long friends there. It was also the same Scout troop that his father and his uncle, Gus Mierson, had belonged to many years before. After attending Grant School and Lowell High School, both in San Francisco, he attended College of Pacific in Stockton and the University of California at Berkeley. Ken lead an eclectic life, with passionate interests ranging from San Francisco politics and banking TO professional car racing and long-distance cycling TO skiing and competitive swimming TO literature and American politics. After marrying Noni in 1976, they settled in Glen Ellen where Ken coached Sonoma State University swimming teams. For the next 35 years, Ken and Noni were a loving, inseparable couple, with mutual interests in education, tennis, golf, cooking, wine, travel, art, animals, cars and reading. After retiring, they divided their time between, first, Glen Ellen and Bear Valley and, beginning in 2003, between Glen Ellen and La Quinta. Preceded in death by his parents; Ken is survived by his three children, Kenneth, Lisa and Edgar; his two grandchildren; and his loving cousin, Sally Weiner. Ken and Noni were especially appreciative of the special care and dedication provided by the medical professionals and staff on the Eisenhower campus. A Celebration of Life will be held in Rancho La Quinta in the early fall. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be directed to the Eisenhower Medical Foundation, The Living Desert, or to a favorite charity.
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Published by The Desert Sun on Aug. 16, 2011.