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Dr. Melvin “Mel” L. Kohn, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and former Chief of the Laboratory of Socio-environmental Studies of the National Institute of Mental Health, died peacefully at home on March 19, 2021.

Over seven decades of cross-national research, Dr. Kohn’s scholarship focused on comparative analysis of social structure and personality under conditions of radical social change, including in the US, Italy, Japan, Poland, Ukraine, and China.

Kohn was a past-president of the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the Sociological Research Association, a former member of the executive committee of the International Sociological Association, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Dr. Kohn was predeceased in 2004 by his wife, Janet Goldrich Kohn ’51 and is survived by his partner, Edna Small ’53. A celebration of Mel’s life is being planned.

Donations in Mel’s memory may be made to Deep Springs College (using the Donation Dedication functionality).