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"KUH" 2003 Obituary


KUHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-07-21 published
KUHN, Tillo E., Professor Emeritus of Economics, York University, B.Sc. L.S.E., PhD. McGill
Born November 1, 1919 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, died July 18, 2003 in hospital in Gatineau, Quebec after a series of strokes. He leaves to mourn him his wife Naomi, sons Roland, Oliver and Christopher, daughter Nicola, daughters-in-law Susan and Tulimah, son-in-law Neil, and his grandchildren Alexander and Thomas KUHN, Sophia and William KUHN, and Holly and Josh JANNA. Tillo will be missed also by his niece Dagmar FORGET and nephew Hatto FISCHER, brothers-in-law David and John KIRKWOOD, and cousins in Germany and England, as well as many Friends, former colleagues and students. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Brigitte FISCHER and cousin ''like my brother'' Hatto KUHN. From 1949 to 1954 Tillo lived in England, where he was the first student from post-war Germany to enter the London School of Economics. In 1954 he emigrated to Canada to begin work in transportation economics in Montreal and then Ottawa. The summer of 1955 found him in a cottage ''up the Gatineau'' at Gleneagle, where he began a lifelong love affair with that area as well as with a cottage neighbour, Naomi, whom he married in 1956. After receiving Canadian citizenship in 1959, Tillo accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. Four years in Berkeley were the beginning of his twin careers of university teaching and international development assignments for the World Bank and other international agencies. In 1966 he became a member of the new Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University in Toronto, his employer until retirement in 1989. Tillo was proud to have worked in 13 different countries. Some of the longer and most exciting projects were in Honduras 1962, Dahomey (now Benin) 1967, Paraguay 1968, and Kenya 1970-72, where he was director of a Canadian International Development Agency team working with the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Planning, coupled with a training program for Kenyans at York. His favourite country after Canada to live and work was Greece, where he spent 1964-65 in a research centre, 1980-82 working in the finance ministry under both a conservative and a Papandreou-led government, and 1985-87 teaching in the business school of the University of Athens. In 1989 Tillo retired to his house Tirconna at Gleneagle on the Gatineau River, the same site where Tillo and Naomi met in 1955. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service, burial of ashes and reception to celebrate Tillo's interesting life will follow in September in Wakefield, Quebec. Date to be announced later. Funeral arrangements c/o Hulse Playfair and McGarry, Wakefield.

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