Edward Hahn Obituary – Poughkeepsie Journal


Edward Hahn

Poughkeepsie – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Edward Frederick Hahn. He was a great presence in our lives and he will be forever missed. He has always been there for us. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Edward A. Hahn and Hildegarde Schneider Hahn. His family then moved to Catonsville, Maryland, where they lived for many years. He attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and while there he led the swim team and wrote a column on popular music of the day for the school newspaper. His musical tastes were in fact varied, from Dave Brubeck and the Modern Jazz Quartet to Louis Armstrong and Turk Murphy, to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, particularly the Ode to Joy section. He loved the Sousa marches and would play the Stars and Stripes Forever at full volume, with the doors open, on July 4. His favorite anthem was Ein Festeburg, or A Mighty Fortress Is our God. In high school, he was also a member of DeMolay. After graduating from “Poly”, he attended Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, earning his Bachelor of Science in three years. His fraternity brothers knew him as “Smilin’ Ed”. In 1956 he was hired by IBM in Poughkeepsie, where he worked for 37 years, much of that time in management. After his career at IBM Ed was a part-time photographer, working for the Jirjirans and doing wedding photography. After that he worked at Ham Central, a local company selling amateur radio equipment. Amateur radio was a lifelong interest of Ed. He volunteered in communications for the Red Cross for more than fifteen years and received letters of thanks from President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama for his work. in communications after Nine Eleven. He gave amateur radio lessons for fifteen years to those who wanted to obtain their novice/technician license. Ed used to help oversee the cross country races in Marist, and very much enjoyed helping oversee the Empire State Games when they were in the Hudson Valley. He also served as a monitor for the annual Water Derby on the creek and occasionally joined other Pumpkin Patrol watchers on Halloween. Several years ago he was a recorder, tape editor and announcer for Sunday services at a local church for broadcast on local radio. He also volunteered for a few seasons in the gardens of Vanderbilt Mansion. Ed was a member of the Chelsea Yacht Club, from which he enjoyed sailing his goldfish on the Hudson River during quiet times. He and his family made annual trips to the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware, for many summers. IBM sent him on work trips to San Jose, Paris and Montpellier, France, and Stuttgart, Germany. He twice traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to interview for the company at Southern University. Ed was an instructor at Fort Monmouth for the US Army Signal Corps and was in the active reserve for a time after that. It was for several years active in the affiliated military radio system as AAR2JB. His civilian call sign was WC2J, as he held an Extra license. He was a marksman and enjoyed hunting and occasional fishing, but preferred target shooting. The family members would like to express their deepest thanks to all who gave Ed such great care and consideration: Doctors Weinreich, Varanasi, Kanteros and Intwala and the Heart Center nursing staff; Drs. Foster and Rubinstein and their Hudson Valley primary care staff; and to the kind and wonderful staff at The Pines – we can’t thank them enough for all they have done. His survivors include his wife Valerie; children Lise Christine, Anne Elizabeth and Edward Andrew; a sister Hildegarde Suter from Maryland; a cousin, Dr. Richard Engroff and his wife Peggy from Maine; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his cousin Nancy Gould; sisters-in-law Judith Mahoney and Joan Baker; his brothers-in-law George Suter, Edward D. Henstebeck and James W. Holt, as well as many old friends and colleagues. If he knew you, he probably considered you a friend. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. To send condolences online, please visit our website at www.doylefuneralhome.com

Posted on April 02, 2022

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