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Franklin B. Krohn, honored business professor
July 1, 1933 -- Jan. 13, 2007

Services for Franklin B. Krohn, Ph.D, a SUNY distinguished service professor at Fredonia State College, will be at 10:30 a.m. today in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.

A resident of Brocton, he died unexpectedly Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 73.

Dr. Krohn joined the Fredonia faculty in 1978 in the department of business administration, now the School of Business. He received numerous awards, including the President's Award and the SUNY Chancellor's Award, both for excellence in teaching.

He served in many positions with the United University Professions, the union representing faculty and staff at the college, and was vice president, secretary and grievance officer of the Fredonia Chapter.

Dr. Krohn also was chairman of the SUNY Chancellor's Awards Committee at Fredonia, was chairman of the business department and served on many college committees. He was faculty adviser to SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), which teaches business ethics and entrepreneurism through free-market student projects.

A member of editor review boards for a wide variety of scholarly journals, he also wrote more than 100 scholarly papers and articles. His studies included "Psychological and Sociological Influences on Attendance at Small College Sports Events," "Information Privacy and Online Behaviors" and a paper on quitting smoking that proposed to help students quit by offering a two-credit smoking cessation course.

Dr. Krohn also headed several community development projects, oversaw development studies and did business consulting in Northern Chautauqua County.

Born in Erie, Pa., he grew up in Buffalo. He was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University at Buffalo. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Before studying for his advanced degrees, he owned and operated Select Home Utilities, retailing household products, for 22 years. He was an adjunct professor at Niagara County Community College, D'Youville College, Buffalo State College and Canisius College.

He was a former commander of Ernie Pyle Post, AMVETS, and at the time of his death was a member of Post 868, AMVETS, in Brocton.

Dr. Krohn was past president of Balfour Lodge of B'nai B'rith and chairman of the B'nai B'rith Coordinating Committee. At the time of his death, he was a member of Temple Beth Am.

He was former president of the Brighton School PTA, vice president of the Kenmore Council PTA and was Cub Scout master of Pack 47 at Temple Sinai.

A former officer of the Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee, he was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention and a delegate to state Democratic conventions.

His first wife, Alice Lester Krohn, died in 1969. He married Inez Judelsohn in 1973.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David Schiller, Robert Schiller and Robert; three daughters, Linda Schiller-Robins, Debra Krohn Hilfstein and Lynn; and a sister, Donna Fleigler.


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