The sudden death of Otto H. Kahn, senior partner of Kahn, Loeb & Co., removes from American life one of the most cultured American financiers and generous patrons of the arts. As former president of the Metropolitan Opera Company and as upporter of many of the new art theatre movements, Including the Theatre Guild and the Habimah, the Hebrew Theatre estahlished in Russia and now in Palestine, Mr. Kahn made valuable contributions toward the elevation of the opera and the theatre in this country. His contributions were not merely financial. His encouragement and counsel in matters artistic have proved of even greater value than his financial aid.
Mr. Kahn was not identified with any specific Jewish activities. He always contributed generously to the Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Organizations and also made contributions to the Joint Distribution Committee, although he did not take an active interest in the work of these organizations.