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Dr. James "Jack" Steven Kahn
Monday, July 29, 2013 5:53 AM
DR. James KAHN
GALENA, Ill..--Dr. James (Jack) Steven Kahn, 81, of Galena, Illinois, and Palm Springs, California, passed away July 27, 2013, from Alzheimer's disease.
Jack was born on October 14, 1931, in New York City, the son of Bess and Mac Kahn.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from City College of New York, a Master of Science in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Chicago. Jack began his career as a professor of Geology at the University of Rhode Island in 1956. He next led a distinguished career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California until moving to Chicago in 1987, to become president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry. Jack led a major renovation and introduced several innovative exhibits at the museum including; a Boeing 727 suspended from the 2nd floor balcony; the world's first scientific exhibit on HIV/ AIDS; an interactive exhibit on the brain and memory, and an exhibit on Swedish inventions opened by Queen Sophie of Sweden. Jack traveled the world with the love of his life, Barbara. He enjoyed spending time with family and close friends and will be remembered by them for his love, support, mentoring, generosity, and zest for life. His family and close friends will be forever grateful for the impact he had on them.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara; children, Doug, Pamela and Randall Kahn; daughter-in-law, Erin Kahn; son-in-law, Henry Hofilena; grandchildren; Emily and Patrick Kahn, and Caroline and Geoffrey Ganzberger; and honorary daughter, Eileen Cabrera.
Services will be private.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque at 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002, 563-582-1220,
or to Alzheimer's research at
Online condolence may be left for the family at
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