Anne Feldsher Kahn, 87, secretary, political activist

April 29, 1996

Anne Feldsher Kahn, a community and political activist who was administrative secretary for the city Supervisors of Elections for 22 years, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of leukemia. She was 87 and lived at Belvedere Towers.

"She was a remarkably wonderful lady who had an extensive knowledge of elections," said Gene M. Raynor, the state administrator of elections.

"She knew everyone in politics for the past 40 years. She was friendly with Jack Pollack and Irv Kovens," he said, referring to two of the city's legendary political power brokers.

Upon her retirement in 1982, Mrs. Kahn was honored with citations from then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer, the Baltimore City Council, then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes and a resolution in the Maryland House of Delegates.

She also did charity work, adopting families at the holiday season to give food, clothing and presents before such programs were formalized, said her children, Jonas McCord of Hollywood, Calif., and Saundra Kahn Krieger of Baltimore.

She was born Anne Feldsher in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School in 1926. She began studies as an English major at the Johns Hopkins University, then changed course and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory. A trained pianist, she played for pleasure. In 1927, she had two memorable experiences: participating in an interview with Thomas A. Edison, and winning the title of Miss Virginia Beach, Va. She also was a champion at the Charleston, a popular dance at that time.

Mrs. Kahn worked for federal agencies in Washington and Chicago and for several local businesses before going to work for the elections board in 1960.

In 1941, she married Myron Moise Kahn, a concert violinist then playing with the National Symphony in Washington. At the time of his death in 1970, he played first viola with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Kahn had been a member of the Variety Club and was a Maryland delegate to the American Cancer Society's national convention and a member of the women's auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Services will be at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Other survivors include four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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