Robert Kahle 1925 - 2010 Baldwin City
A memorial service for Robert Kahle, 84, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. March 26 at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Mr. Kahle died Feb. 28, 2010, in a Lawrence hospital.
Mr. Kahle was born April 14, 1925. He was attending the University of Kansas when he decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He saw extensive action in the Pacific theater of operations.
After the war, Mr. Kahle returned to KU and Washburn University and earned masters degrees in German and English literature. After a stint in New York City on the staff of Bellevue Hospital, he returned to Kansas as an associate professor of German at Baker University in 1963.
While at Baker, he taught German, English, senior seminar and introduction to computing courses. He also served as the acting dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences and the director of the school of professional and graduate studies.
He also helped establish the Baker Performing Arts series and he guided the establishment of the Baker Faculty Hall of Fame. He lived in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house for many years as the house father.
Mr. Kahle is survived by his brothers Jack Kahle and his wife Farol of Wilsonville, Ore., and Don Kahle and his wife Jeanne of Billings, Mont., as well as his longtime companion Chris Hamill of Baldwin City.
In 2007, a scholarship in foreign language study was established in his name at Baker. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Robert Kahle Endowed Scholarship for Language Majors are requested.