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Former UMB Chancellor Albin O. Kuhn Remembered

Former University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Chancellor Albin Owings Kuhn, PhD, MS, BS, died Wednesday, March 24, at his home in Carroll County. He was 94.

Kuhn was the leader of UMB from 1965 until 1980. During that period, the Baltimore campus grew from eight acres to more than 25 acres. New facilities were provided for each of the six professional schools and University Hospital.

"Dr. Kuhn was a University visionary who was a gentle leader who mentored many of the campus leaders over the years. He touched all of us in ways that are everlasting," says T. Sue Gladhill, MSW, vice president, Office of External Affairs, and president of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

Kuhn led the planning and building of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He served as the chancellor for both campuses from 1967 until UMBC's second commencement in 1971.

"In 1971, the University established separate chancellorships for the downtown [UMB] and Baltimore County [UMBC] campuses. Dr. Kuhn became chancellor of the downtown campus," notes the obituary prepared by his family.

In its obituary, the family recalls that he "often remarked that it was a fascinating experience to be in charge of the development of the youngest campus in the University system at the same time he was responsible for the oldest campus in the system. The oldest campus, that in downtown Baltimore, included the schools of medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, nursing, and social work" as well as the Graduate School.

After UMB, he returned to College Park and retired from the University of Maryland in 1982.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, he served there early in his career as professor of agronomy (1941-1955) and chair of the Agronomy Department (1948-1955). He also served as assistant to the president (1955-1958) and executive vice president (1958-1965) of the University of Maryland System, which at that time included the College Park, Baltimore City, and Eastern Shore campuses.

Kuhn was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Cissel Kuhn. He is survived by his wife, Ileen Louise Weller Kuhn; his sons, Philip Howard Kuhn, Joseph Alvin Kuhn, Roger Cissel Kuhn, Albin Owings Kuhn, II; his daughter, Lois Ellen Kuhn Romeo; and his 12 grandchildren and his 11 great-grandchildren.

Viewings will be held Friday, March 26, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel at 6416 Sykesville Road (Route 32), Sykesville, Md. 21784.

Posting Date: 03/25/2010
Contact Name: Ed Fishel
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: efishel@umaryland.edu