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Robert J. Hahn

Feb. 5, 2009

Dr. Robert J. Hahn, associate professor emeritus of history at Western Michigan University, died Dec. 22, 2008. He was 81.

Hahn joined the faculty in 1961 and retired in 1993 at age 70. During his 32 years at the University, he specialized in medical history and modern European history.

He was active in the Alliance Francaise and served as president of the organization's local chapter for more than 10 years. He also was a member of the American Historical Society and Phi Beta Kappa.

After retiring, Hahn edited the book "Progress in the Practice of Medicine, 1930-1990" and with his wife, traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

The Ohio native earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio in 1947 and master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University in 1949 and 1955, respectively. While an undergraduate, he was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships to study in France.

His college career was interrupted by World War II, and from 1943 to 1945, Hahn served in the European theater as a member of the U.S. Army. Prior to coming to WMU, he taught at Ohio State from 1954 to 1956 and at Knox College from 1956 to 1961.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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