OBITUARY

Kahn, Dr. Mark

Haworth, NJ - Closter Location

Dr. Mark Kahn died the way he lived-with single-minded determination on August 5, 2021. He
was born on August 10, 1949 in Mineola, New York to Sylvia (nee Belzer) and Herbert, “Sonny”
Kahn, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Brenda, four sons
and two grandchildren. Christopher (Elizabeth and granddaughter, Winter Miles), Max (Bridgette
and grandson, Conrad Marcus), Aran, and Kerrey (Julia). He is also survived by his paternal
uncle, Howard of Pompano Beach, his older brother, Kenneth (Anne Lynn Kettles) Kahn of
Pompano Beach, Florida, his sister, Janet (James) Knauer of Denver, Colorado and four nieces,
two nephews (predeceased by nephew Avery Kahn), and six great-nephews and one
great-niece.

Mark’s strong personality exhibited itself early and was the stuff of family legend. Insatiably
curious and remarkably intelligent, he skipped two grades. He was born on Long Island and
grew up in Manhattan, where he attended high school, playing varsity tennis and soccer, and
where he was awarded a Mayor's Committee Scholarship for college. He attended Hamilton
College in Clinton, New York, where he graduated cum laude in English literature. In 1970, he
attended the Albany Medical College of Union University and was awarded his MD degree in
1974. He then completed a surgical residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York
City, and also participated in renal transplantation at Cornell University. In 1978, he was
awarded the Leon Ginsberg Prize for Outstanding Surgical Resident. Following residency, Dr.
Kahn completed the vascular fellowship at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and then
joined the practice of Englewood Surgical Associates in 1980. He retired in 2015 and over those
thirty-five years gained a reputation as a provocative and brilliant surgeon. His patients adored
him, crediting him with saving their life and also crediting him for telling them when/if they didn’t
need surgery.

He was a devoted and demanding father who cherished getting home for a family dinner each
night. He was actively involved in coaching baseball, basketball, and soccer and ran the
Haworth Soccer League for many years. He loved his Jeeps, his dogs and a wood burning fire.
He was constantly active whether learning to windsurf, telemark ski or snowboard. He
absolutely loved retirement, reveling in a variety of projects, many of which had to do with
repurposing materials. He threw nothing away. He also decided that Hamilton College needed
Adirondack chairs scattered around campus and organized a committee of alumni to fundraise
and built the chairs at a couple of reunions.

Cremation will be privately handled by Moritz Funeral Home. Family will host a socially distant
open house for friends who wish to call on Saturday from 4-8PM, Sunday from 12-4PM and
Monday from 6-8. A celebration of his life and a tree planting will be scheduled for sometime in
October.

Donations may be made to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Helen Hayes Hospital,
Hamilton College, or an environmental / animal welfare cause of your choice.