Kenneth L. Kusmer

Born: Tue., Jun. 19, 1945
Died: Mon., Nov. 9, 2020


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Najia Aarim
   Posted Fri December 04, 2020
To the Kusmer family: I wish you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain.
Dr. Ken Kusmer was a truly eminent historian who had an intense, single-minded involvement in all aspects of his profession. He cared passionately about scholarship, but he also cared immensely about his students. He was an awesome mentor who impacted the lives of so many of his students. His integrity and scholarship inspired all those who had the privilege of doing their graduate work under his supervision. Like so many of the students whom he took under his wing, I was lucky to get his invaluable guidance beyond graduate school and through the hazardous job search and growth. Through his students, his influence surely will live on for many, many years to come.
But Ken was much more than an awesome mentor to me. He was a dear friend whose kindness and humor I will sorely miss. May he be granted eternal rest and may you, his family, have the strength to bear the great pain.
With deepest sympathy,
Najia Aarim

Finzsch Norbert
   Posted Fri December 04, 2020
Kenneth was a friend, colleague, and mentor in many ways. His passing leaves the German colleagues who had the privilege of working with him sad and downcast. I shall never forget his humor and the tongue-in-cheek commentaries he made about Germany. My deep-felt condolences go out to his family and friends. He was a great historian and an even greater human being.

Sarah Hughes
   Posted Sat December 05, 2020
I wanted to extend deepest sympathies for your loss. Professor Kusmer was my advisor while I was a graduate student and I will always consider him a friend, mentor, and guide. He was so generous with his wisdom and he taught me so much. His students and peers will never forget the valuable information he gave us. The torch of knowledge has been passed and we will carry it with us. We miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Hermann Wellenreuther
   Posted Sun December 06, 2020
I am saddened that Ken passed away so early. I met him in Philadelphia some time in 1983, he was one of our early guest professor at my university at Göttingen, Germany, with much success in teaching, he was loved by all and I believe he enjoyed his time with Marie-Luise, my late wife, and myself. The guys in Göttingen will miss you, Ken.

Dr. Kathy Uno
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Dear Relatives and Friends of Dr. Ken Kusmer,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. It is also a loss for the university, his field, and the world. As his colleague for over 30 years, I remember his drive, intensity, intellect, cooperative spirit, expertise in African American urban history, and social history more broadly, and accomplishments.

Daniela Daniele
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Ken was a dear friend, who loved art, colorful throws, all the novels by a very productive popular woman writer I never read, Italy and Genoa, his Thoreavian retreat in the green where he used to spend his summer. He cherished friendship and freedom of mind. Loved to laugh in company. He was especially fond of his collaboration with an Italian woman's magazine, _Leggendaria_. He knew everything about African Americans but his late intention was to write a book on their images in American movies. I visited his home in Philadelphia and he showed me around, told me everything he knew about the river and his favorite sites. We both were very fond of the Rosenbach Museum and Library, where we used to meet in Philly. Rest well, Ken, D.


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