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Richard H. Kohn, American historian, educator. Recipient certified for patriotic civilian service Department of Army, 1981, 96, Organizational Excellence award Department Air Force, 1990, Exceptional Civilian Service award Department Air Force, 1991, Edward F. Miller History prize Naval War College, 2005.


Kohn, Richard H. was born on December 29, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Henry L. and Kate (Hirschberg) Kohn.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1962;Master of Science in History, University of Wisconsin, 1964;Doctor of Philosophy in history, University of Wisconsin, 1968.


Assistant professor history City College of New York, 1968-1971. From assistant professor to professor Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1971-1984. Harold Keith Johnson visiting professor military history United States Army Military History Institute, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, 1980-1981.

Chief of Air Force history United States Air Force, Washington, 1981-1991. Adjunct professor National War College, 1985-1990. From associate professor to professor history University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, since 1991, chair curriculum in peace, war and defense, 1992—2006.

Omar N. Bradley chair strategic leadership United States Army War College Dickinson College, 2006—2007. Independent review panel Quadrennial Defence Review, 2010. Board trustee National History Center, since 2010.

Expert witness United States Indian Claims Commission, Washington, 1974. Consultant to various defense and history agencies and organizations, since 1972. Visiting scholar strategic studies Johns Hopkins University School Advanced International Studies, 1991.

Director Triangle Institute for Security Studies, 1992-2000. Board visitors Air University United States Air Force, 1996-2001.



Member Air Force History Foundation (President' award 1987), American Antiquarian Society, American History Association (council 1986-1989, Herbert Feis award 2008, Herbert Feis Award Committee, since 2010), Organization American Historians (Binkley-Stephenson award 1973, public history committee 1989-1992, chair 1991-1992), Society for Military History (trustee 1981-1989, 95-99, parliamentarian 1982-1989, president 1989-1993, chair nominate committee 2000-2003, Victor Gondos Memorial Service award 1996, Samuel Eliot Morison prize 2009), World World War II Studies Association (board directors 1985-1988, 91-97, 2000-2006).


Married Lynne Holtan, August 15, 1964. Children: Abigail, Samuel.

Henry L.

Kate Kohn

Lynne Holtan

Abigail Kohn

Samuel Kohn