Jack Kuhn is an eclectic musician whose international travels and Houston roots influence his music. As a troubadour, he recognizes how music can bring people together.
He survived Harvey in Galveston and will perform at two shows this weekend: an afternoon show at Cactus Music and then later that night a full record release show at Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top.
Early Life and Education
Kuhn is also the creator of Closer to Truth, an acclaimed 28-part television series featuring leading scientists, scholars, and artists discussing fundamental questions about life’s nature, scientific advances, and their connection with religion. Additionally, he wrote the accompanying book Closer to Truth: Science Meaning & the Future.
Early in his career, he held engineering and teaching roles. Ultimately he earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at Indiana University, becoming a member of Phi Kappa Psi along the way.
Pauline survives him, along with Jack Jr. and Jeff as well as Laura Campbell and Tammy Marcin as daughters; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Donations may be made in his memory to any charity of your choice.
Jack Kuhn was an accomplished educator and poet. For three decades he taught English, writing, and poetry at Rosemont College as well as publishing several volumes of poetry. Additionally he published numerous scholarly essays covering such subjects as Greek theatre, Walt Whitman and Eugene O’Neill – plus several collections.
He recently assisted Vantage Risk’s insurance operations by serving in various executive leadership roles. Under his direction, they saw their business through from inception to a successful acquisition of Lloyd’s of London Syndicate 1200.
As President of Westfield Specialty, Kuhn now oversees this new specialty division of super-regional insurer Westfield. His focus as President lies in expanding Westfield Specialty into new geographies and lines of business backed by his prior experience at Chubb, Axis Capital and Vantage Group.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Kuhn was an outstanding husband, father and grandfather. A life-long West Virginian from Ravenswood/Silverton where he considered it his Shangri-la, Jack attended Marshall University to become an Electrical Engineer. As John and Scott Lanham were growing up, he stepped in as an anchor figure in their lives and provided steady guidance as John was at college and Scott at high school. Additionally, John enjoyed reading a variety of genres ranging from hard science fiction through first contact novels. He was persuaded into going on one final cruise before his death, taking great pleasure in being called Captain Jack until it was time for him to pass. Services were private. Donations may be made in his memory to any charity of your choice. His burial took place at Sunset Memorial Park in Charleston.
Kuhn spent 37 years teaching English, writing, and poetry at Rosemont. His students often spoke fondly of him even decades after.
Kuhn is also an accomplished writer, publishing poetry and plays as well as scholarly papers on Greek theatre, Walt Whitman and Eugene O’Neill. Due to his interest in politics he chronicled his experience serving as personal assistant for President Ronald Reagan in several works published since 1982.
He is a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pickerington, Ohio, where he enjoys fishing, hunting and cheering for the Cincinnati Reds. Furthermore, he’s an avid reader and fan of science fiction; some of his favorite authors include James Hogan, Charles Sheffield and Lois McMaster Bujold – in his free time he also loves traveling with his wife.
Jack was an extraordinary individual possessed of multiple talents that never failed to amaze those he encountered. A passionate family man, Jack was deeply loved by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always quick with a smile or joke for all who crossed his path.
He was an active investor and financial planner, providing assistance to both individuals and small businesses with their finances. He was both a Licensed Registered Representative and Principal with Money Concepts Capital Corporation.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 25 years, Karen L. March Kuhn of Coatesville, PA; two sons: Jack L. Kuhn Jr of Carlisle and Tammy L. Marcin from Camp Hill; brother Harold Kuhn of Salem; sister Franny Smith (Robert) from Silverton; as well as many nieces and nephews.