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Charles J. Hahn, longtime lawyer, philanthropist

Sept. 24, 1927 – Feb. 24, 2014

Charles J. “Jack” Hahn, a longtime lawyer who was active in many community and philanthropic organizations, died Monday at his Buffalo home. He was 86.

A Buffalo native, he graduated from Princeton University in 1949 and Harvard Law School in 1960.

He served with the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War.

Before attending law school, he was in the department store business, first with Sattler’s, his family’s business, and then with Flint and Kent.

He practiced with Hodgson Russ LLP from 1960 until his retirement in 2007, specializing in tax law, estate planning and administration.

Following many enjoyable family summers in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ont., which included frequent Great Lakes cruises on his beloved sailboat, Perelandra, he was instrumental in developing a summer community, Abino Dunes, at Point Abino, Ont.

Mr. Hahn’s lifelong commitment to Buffalo was evidenced by his extensive philanthropic and voluntary contributions encompassing a range of health, social and environmental concerns. In addition to overseeing the charitable activities of the Hahn Family Foundation, he was a former president of the boards of the Buffalo chapter of the Red Cross, the Buffalo General Hospital Foundation and Elmwood Franklin School. He also served on the boards of the United Way, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, Presbyterian Health Care of Western New York, and Buffalo Seminary.

He was a founding board member and past president of Studio Arena Theatre and served on the boards of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Community Music School and the Shaw Festival.

Mr. Hahn also served as deacon, trustee and elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Saturn Club, the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, Cherry Hill Golf Club and the Mid-Day Club. His athletic interests included tennis, sailing, skiing and golf. He also was an avid traveler, reader, listener of classical music and jazz, and puzzle solver.

His wife, the former Anne Holland Davey, died in 1998.

He is survived by his two sons, Charles D. and Erik S.; a daughter, Anne H. “Holly” Hahn-Baker; a sister, Jill Russo; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

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