A graveside service for A. Hart Kohn Jr., 92, of Columbia, will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning, November 11, 2011, in Elmwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Tony A. Metze officiating. The family will receive friends at the Kohn residence, 1311 Greenhill Road, Thursday afternoon from 4 until 6 o’clock. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Mr. Kohn died Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Born in Columbia, October 29, 1919, he was a son of the late Arthur Hart Kohn Sr. and Ruth Gandy Kohn. Mr. Kohn attended the Columbia schools and graduated from The Citadel in 1941. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. Mr. Kohn was devoted to honoring his Lord, serving his church, and loving his family. Mr. Kohn was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the Christian Homemakers Sunday School Class. He served multiple terms on church council and was elected chairman several times. He was a member of the Lutheran Men, serving in numerous capacities. He served on the Board of Trustees of Newberry College and was Chairman of the Board for five years. For his dedicated service, Newberry College awarded him all three of its highest awards: the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1969; the Alumni Association Outstanding Non-Alumnus Award in 1969; and the honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1974. Mr. Kohn rose from elevator boy to president of Carolina Life Insurance Company, a position he held until Carolina Life merged with Southland Life. He owned Carolina Wholesale and was on the boards of Dixie Fabs, Carolina Properties, Modern Apartment Rentals, and Richland Shale Products Co. He served as chairman of the Citizens and Southern Columbia Advisory Board (Bank of America). He was also a longtime member of the Columbia Rotary Club. Hart’s life exemplified the words of Tom Brokaw, “He came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build Modern America; he was a man whose everyday life of duty, honor, achievement and courage gave us the world we have today.” Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Caroline Haltiwanger Kohn; three daughters, Caroline K. Crump (Tom), Rosie Kohn and Pat Kohn; three grandchildren, Laura Anne Crump Kirkland (Hank), Sam Cullum (Heather), Hart Barber (Alison); four great-grandchildren, Jessica and Bailey Kirkland, Britt and Will Cullum; and a Norwegian exchange student daughter, Gerd Anne Westergaard (Harald); and sister-in-law, Jane Keels. Hart will be truly missed by his family and all who knew him. The family wishes to thank Lutheran Hospice and the caregivers at Rice Home for their dedicated care of Mr. Kohn and loving assistance to the family. Tags: 1941

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