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662. Dec. 20, 2000 -- Lucian Kahn
continued family service standard: Journal-News, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000 Lucian Kahn
continued family standard
Company direction gradually passed to their offspring -- David and Albert, sons of Felix; Bertrand and Lucian
, sons of Lazard; and Myron, the only son of Samuel.
...Lucian Kahn was born Sept. 21, 1886, while his parents resided at 323 North Third Street, the offices of Butler County United Way for more than half a century, thanks to the generosity of the Kahn family. He was educated in Hamilton schools and attended the University of Cincinnati.Before joining the family business in Hamilton, he ventured west, working in a lumber mill in Washington, toiling in gold, silver and lead mines in Utah and Colorado and representing the Estate Stove Company on the road in Texas.
In 1914, he
married Clara Maltman.The Kahns, the parents of one daughter, resided at 375 South D Street in Hamilton for many years. During World War I, he was an infantry captain.Kahn
showed pride in his
military service when he
helped organize two American Legion groups in Hamilton -- Frank Durwin Post 138 and, for black veterans, Lewis Whittaker Post 520
.When Post 138 outgrew its Hillcrest headquarters, Kahn
headed the campaign to finance the April 1945 move to a new location on North Second Street.
helped establish the Hamilton Community Chest (now Butler County United Way) in 1920 and, among many assignments, headed fund-raising campaigns in 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929.A tribute said Kahn
"probably gave his
greatest service, as was typical of him, at the time when it was needed most.In the years 1930 to 1935 [Depression years], while money was the hardest to secure for any purpose" . . . he
"worked unceasingly to secure money enough to meet the greatest needs . . . ." His
support of the Hamilton Chapter of the American Red Cross
also extended over many years.Lucian
and a brother, Bertrand, were responsible for acquiring and donating to the community the octagon house at 319 North Third Street.
...Lucian was a director of the Hamilton YMCA for 15 years.
A favorite project was the Worthy Boy Committee
, which solicited money to send young men to Camp Campbell Gard.As a member of the Hamilton Rotary Club, he served on the student loan committee that assisted less fortunate youth with tuition payments. His
interest in youth extended to the Boy Scouts.Starting in 1929, he held a variety of volunteer posts with the Fort Hamilton Council.
In 1942, as chairman of the board of trustees he
formally presented Camp Myron Kahn to the council.The camp was a gift from the family and named in honor of a deceased cousin. Kahn also was generous with his time and money with Mercy Hospital in Hamilton, serving on advisory boards and providing leadership for financial campaigns.
As a director for several years and president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
from 1928 to 1930, he
championed a variety of civic projects, including highway, waterway and airport development. Lucian Kahn
died Aug. 5, 1947, while visiting his
daughter in San Francisco.
Later it was noted that Kahn
won popularity with his
workers as he
made almost daily trips through the Hamilton plant, greeting employees by their first names and asking caring, intelligent questions about their families.
They were the parents of five children -- a daughter, Mrs. Marie Kahn Heyn, and four sons, Milton, Bertram, Lucian
and Jerome, who were involved in the business.
was generous with his
time, talent and money in the community. After his
sons founded the Lazard Kahn Foundation
, which supported a variety of local civic and charitable organizations and causes, including the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra
, United Way and "Operation Pumpkin," a Halloween program for Hamilton children. Fifteen years after his
death, in the midst of World War II, the Lazard L. Kahn Memorial Community House was established in his
said the house, a memorial to his late father, would be controlled by a three-member board -- Cyrus J. Fitton, Walter S. Rowe and Lucian L. Kahn
, a brother of Bertrand and a also son of Lazard Kahn