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Award-Winning Violinist Pays Tribute To Hahn

3 June 2009 No Comment

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will share her musical gifts March 3 during a special Witt Series recital sponsored by Margaret and Lanty Smith ’64 in memory of her grandfather S. Wilfred Hahn, Wittenberg professor emeritus of mathematics, who died July 31, and her grandmother Martha Anne Strowd Hahn, former librarian at South High School, who passed away in 2002.

Throughout his 25-year Wittenberg career, Hahn, recipient of the Alumni Association’s most distinguished honor, The Class of 1914 Award,  daily showed  his passion for teaching and served the mathematics department, the university and the Mathematical Association of America with distinction.

Smith, founder and CEO of Tippet Capital, was one student whom Hahn inspired.

“Will Hahn epitomized what a superb professor at a liberal arts college should be,” Smith said. “He used his exceptional scholarly intellect and abiding interest in students to be a remarkably effective teacher, counselor, mentor and role model. He profoundly influenced the careers and lives of dozens of his Wittenberg students.”  

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