Samuel Kahan, metal company founder

March 30, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Samuel S. Kahan, chairman of the board of Ansam Metals Corp. who was active with several Jewish philanthropic organizations, died of pneumonia March 23 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. He was 80 and lived in Owings Mills.

Born the son of impoverished Romanian immigrants, Mr. Kahan was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

At 17, he left home and went to work in Hagerstown and then moved to Baltimore, where he sold women's clothing.

In 1955, he joined K. Hettleman and Sons, a Baltimore metal company. After the business was sold, he established Ansam Metals, which became an internationally known processor and seller of nonferrous metals, in 1968.

"He was passionate and devoted to his family and to Jewish life and community service," said Kalman "Buzzy" Hettleman, his brother-in-law.

For several decades, Mr. Kahan played a major leadership role with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

He had been secretary of the organization's executive committee and had been chairman of the 2003 annual campaign that raised $30 million for Jewish communities.

A staunch supporter of Israel, Mr. Kahan had traveled there more than 20 times.

He had served on the boards of Sinai Hospital, Jewish Vocational Service, the Jewish Community Center and former Jewish College Services.

Mr. Kahan was a member and had been a trustee of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, where he established a scholarship fund.

Mr. Kahan was a sculptor and also enjoyed listening to opera and classical music.

Services were March 24.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Ann Hettleman; three daughters, Ellen K. Zager of Sudbrook Park, Deborah K. Zager of Pikesville and Judith I. Kahan of Fells Point; and five grandchildren.

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