Bernard Joseph Kuhn Jr., 19, student, Eagle Scout

May 12, 2004

Bernard Joseph Kuhn Jr., a college student and Eagle Scout, died Friday at his Mount Airy home of cancer diagnosed nine months ago. He was 19.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy, he was a 2002 graduate of Linganore High School in Frederick, played trumpet in its marching band and was a member of the National Honor Society.

He performed with his school's band at Walt Disney World in 2002 and also traveled with the ensemble on its Caribbean band cruise in 2000.

An engineering major, Mr. Kuhn completed his freshman year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He was found to have cancer of unknown primary (CUP) in September.

Mr. Kuhn had worked summers at the Mount Airy Pharmacy and Mount Airy Tractor Supply Co. He also tinkered with his Ford Bronco truck and repaired lawn mowers and weed cutters, which he then used or sold. He also enjoyed riding dirt bikes and playing basketball.

He was active in Scouting for 12 years, beginning as a Tiger Cub at his church. He rose to become an Eagle Scout two years ago. He participated in Boy Scouts of America's adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base at Eli, Minn. He earned the Arrow of Light Award, the highest Cub Scout award.

"Bernie was cheerful, friendly and dependable," said Jay A. McElroy, an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 460 in Mount Airy. "He exemplified everything in the Scout law. He was a cheerful person who was never without a smile."

Services will be held at 3 p.m. May 23 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 Main St., in Mount Airy, where he was a member.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Lynn Myers-Kuhn; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. His father, Dr. Bernard Joseph Kuhn Sr., died in 1999.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.