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October 2013

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JMU Remembers Dr. Kenneth D. Bahn

JMU Faculty Kenneth BahnKenneth D. Bahn, 66, of Harrisonburg, VA passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, October 10th, 2013. Dr. Bahn was born May 27th, 1947 in Santa Monica, CA and was the son of Evelyn Sall Bahn and the late Arthur Charles Bahn.

Dr. Bahn served in the United States Navy as a Data Analyst from 1967-1971. He earned a B.S. and a Masters Degree in Marketing from California State University in 1973 and 1975, respectively. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Utah in 1983.

Ken was a professor of marketing for over 30 years at numerous universities, including JMU for the past 20 years. He also served as the Director of the MBA program at JMU from 1997-2008 and was instrumental in creating an innovative international MBA program in Information Security. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Bartee Award for Teaching Innovation and the Rothenberger Faculty Fellowship. He also held the Wampler-Longacre Chair of Marketing, which brought him to the valley.

Ken loved his family, baseball, and the beaches of California. He continued his love of teaching throughout his lifetime. He was actively involved in coaching all of his children's sports teams and was an elder and youth advisor at Trinity Presbyterian Church. In recent years he followed in his father's footsteps, in his passion for the stock market.

On September 23rd, 2000 he married Mary Strate Bahn who survives. In addition to his mother and his wife, he is survived by two sons, Levi S Bahn of NYC, Isaac R. Bahn of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Kamala Shalhoub (and husband, Michael) of Santa Barbara, CA, Sophia I. Bahn of Harrisonburg and three grandchildren, Sienna Shalhoub, Samara Shalhoub, Malachi Shalhoub, all of Santa Barbara, CA.

A memorial service will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm Sunday, October 13th, 2013 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel (3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA) with Pastor Ann Reed Held officiating. A reception will follow from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Spotswood Country Club (1980 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Ken's name to the charity of your choice.