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In Memoriam

HAAN - Mr. Robert Lloyd Haan, of Grand Rapids (formerly of New York City, NY) passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the age of 79.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Trena (Korfker) Haan; aunts, Edith Korfker, and Dena Korfker.  Robert is survived by his cousins, Bill and Carole Korfker, Bill and Debi Korfker (Kyle, Emma, Hope, Carly, and Wil), Marci and Lyle Phelps (Jonah, Lydia, and Lucas), family in the Netherlands, special friends, Jim and Jan Monsma (and family), Mary Bicknell, Johanna Woltjer, and Dan Lew. 

Robert was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended the Grand Rapids Christian Schools, and Calvin College.  He earned a Masters Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and went on to teach at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. He moved to New York City in 1962, where he was a Professor of History at Queens College until his retirement in 1997.  He was instrumental in forming Townsend Harris High School, a school for gifted students.  Robert was a member of The Second Presbyterian Church of New York City, where he served as an Elder, Liturgist, and Treasurer.  He was an active participant of Second Presbyterian's ministries, and was extremely grateful for all of the friendships established there.  Robert was an avid reader and tennis enthusiast, and greatly enjoyed spending summers at his Lake Michigan cottage in Montague. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday [9/25/08] 11:00 am at Fuller Avenue CRC with Pastor Beth Guikema-Bode officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 11:00 am prior to the service at church.  Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Trena Haan Music Scholarship Fund at Calvin College, Porter Hills Resident Assistance Fund, or to Hospice of Michigan.

Dr. Robert L. Haan (May 28, 1929 - September 18, 2008)

Posted: 9/22/08

Bob Haan was the first Liaison between Queens College and Townsend Harris High School and the Director of College Preparatory Programs as an Associate Dean of the Division of Education from 1984 - 1991.   While Director, Dr. Haan continued to teach in the QC History Department as well as in the Honors in the Western Tradition, including the Freshman Humanities Colloquium for the Townsend Harris HS Bridge Year.   One of his personal projects was a computer game he created that revolved around early 16th Century Italian politics.   He gathered a group of Harrisites that would meet regularly to play the game, discuss historical tactics, and enjoy a different implementation of the learning process. 

Bob Haan was a man of great humor and great integrity.   He shall be missed.

MTV Shows

We received word from Townsend Harris High School and the Townsend Harris Alumni Association that MTV News sent Ashley Mastronardi (THHS Class of 2003) to report on THHS’ annual Election Simulation!


Here is a link to the Text story and below that link is the Video report.  Enjoy!

Townsend Harris Election Simulation on MTV News!

Posted: 11/10/08