Martin B. Kohn,Hochschild, Kohn president, diesMartin B...


January 26, 1992

Martin B. Kohn,

Hochschild, Kohn president, dies

Martin B. Kohn, who as president and chairman of Hochschild, Kohn & Co. pioneered building suburban branches for Baltimore's downtown department stores, died at his home yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Funeral services for Mr. Kohn, who was 93, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Born in Baltimore Aug. 28, 1898, Mr. Kohn was the son of Clara and Benno Kohn, one of the founders of Hochschild, Kohn.

The department store opened on Howard Street in 1897 and for decades was a landmark in Baltimore's retail center.

Mr. Kohn, a member of the first graduating class of Park School, graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1917.

He served in France in World War I as a member of Battery B in the 110th Field Artillery of the Maryland National Guard.

In 1923, Mr. Kohn joined the staff of Hochschild, Kohn, working in a variety of jobs throughout the store before becoming president in 1945. He was later named chairman.

In 21 years as head of the department store, he directed a dramatic change in Baltimore retailing: the creation of branch stores in the suburbs to serve the population that had moved out of the city after World War II.

Baltimore's first department store branch, Hochschild, Kohn at Edmondson Village, opened in 1947, followed by the Belvedere Avenue store in 1948, Eastpoint in 1956, Harundale in 1958 and later stores at Reisterstown Road Plaza and in York, Pa.

Mr. Kohn also oversaw the first major downtown expansion of a Howard Street store when Hochschild, Kohn bought the old Brager building, next to the original store, in 1959.

He retired as president and chief executive officer in 1966, when Hochschild, Kohn sold its privately owned stock to the Buffett Partnership Ltd., of Omaha, a company owned by Warren Buffett.

Mr. Kohn remained chairman of the Hochschild, Kohn board until 1968.

His civic and cultural interests ranged from local charities to national merchants' groups.

Over the years, he was a director of Associated Jewish Charities, the president of the Jewish Welfare Fund, a trustee of the city's Commission on Governmental Efficiency and Economy, a member of the Lexington Market Authority and a fund-raiser for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Kohn was elected president of the National Retail Merchants Association in 1966 and 1967.

In 1958 and 1959, he was president of the Baltimore Association of Commerce.

In 1968, he was elected chairman of the Baltimore chapter of Business Executives' Move for Vietnam Peace -- an affiliation that made his grandchildren proud, said his daughter, Elizabeth Moser.

RF A member of the Shearith Israel Congregation, Mr. Kohn, until his

first illness two weeks ago, was taking classes in Hebrew at the Baltimore Hebrew University.

For more than 40 years, he owned a second home in Annapolis, to which he drove regularly until earlier this month.

He enjoyed fishing and last took his family out on his 28-foot fishing boat in October.

"He was totally interested in everything," said his daughter, Mrs. Moser.

"He was a versatile person who loved simple things as well as scholarly pursuits. If there was one thing he cared for more than anything in the world, it was family. He was uncle to everybody."

Mr. Kohn was married to the former Rosa Rosenthal in August 1924. She died in 1966.

His survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Moser of Baltimore and Eleanor C. Kohn of Pikesville; a sister, Eleanor K. Levy of Pikesville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial donations be made to Shearith Israel Congregation or the Alan Hess Fund of Chevra Ahavas Chesed Emergency Fund, 3708 Collier Ave., Randallstown, 21133.

Louis Stoll Nixdorff

Real estate executive

Services for Louis Stoll Nixdorff, a retired real estate executive who played lacrosse in the 1928 Olympics, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Henry W. Jenkins & Sons funeral home, 4905 York Road.

Mr. Nixdorff, a resident of Roland Park for 60 years, died of lung cancer Thursday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Homewood.

He was 85.

Mr. Nixdorff, a Baltimore native, was a 1924 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1928 from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1939, he became president of his own real estate business, Properties Inc. in Baltimore.

After retiring and selling the company in 1978, he continued to do real estate appraisals with McCurdy, Lipman & Co. and managed properties until shortly before his death.

While a Hopkins student, he was a member of the university's championship lacrosse team and joined Hopkins teammates in representing the United States in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

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