This aptitude for synthesis and big-picture understanding may be why Kahn—neither a scientist nor a science major—has been one of the earliest and most dedicated supporters of Amherst’s new Science Center, slated to open in 2018.
“A strong program in the sciences is essential to a liberal arts education, and to preparing students to be successful in today’s world,” he says. “This building is so important—the rigor of its programs and the excellence of the research and scholarship we’ll develop there are essential to Amherst’s future.”
In honor of his 50th reunion, Kahn and his wife, Susan, a journalist and columnist for Miami Today, have made a gift to name the Science Center’s Winter Garden, a key outdoor space within a building that aims to forge strong connections with the physical landscape.
“In my business, we’ve built thousands of homes, and one of the principles that always guides us is bringing in as much natural light as possible,” says Kahn. “That’s what drew us to the Winter Garden.” This year-round, tree-filled green space for reading, relaxing and social interaction will be known as the Larry and Susan Kahn Winter Garden.
Kahn has been a longtime volunteer for Amherst. Most recently, he has hosted receptions for President Biddy Martin in Florida and serves as class vice president. “I am such a big fan of Amherst, and it is a pleasure to be a constant supporter,” he says.
For more on the Science Center, please see amherst.edu/go/greenway.