Larry and Andrea Wolfe

Coming of age during the Great Depression taught D. Dan Kahn many valuable life lessons. With hard work and his genuine good nature, he learned to survive and succeed despite many obstacles. But he never forgot his humble beginnings. His generosity and dedication to making the world a better place will be his enduring legacy. It is carried on by the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation, named for him and his wife.

From Dan’s initial support of international research projects to the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation’s transformative gift advancing robotics and precision health, the family has been dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world by advancing scientific collaboration. In the Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education, Dan brought together his love of U-M and of Israel and his belief in the transformative power of education. 

Larry and Andrea Wolfe

He had a vision that world-class institutions would come together to solve some of the world’s most pressing medical challenges, that this discovery process requires brilliant minds working together, and that those relationships are often with global partners. Through his foundation, he supported numerous initiatives in medical research and education at U-M and in Israel, in particular at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, where the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Mechanical Engineering Building is named in their honor.

Betty died in 2004, Dan in 2012. Today, their foundation is headed by son-in-law Larry Wolfe. He and his wife, Andrea “Andi” Wolfe, are dedicated admirers of the Michigan-Israel Partnership, often attending the annual D. Dan and Betty Kahn Michigan-Israel Partnership Conference for Research and Education.

Larry is owner and president of Production Tool Supply, the company founded by Dan in 1951. He serves on the board of directors of ORT America, the Jewish Fund, Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network (Bloomfield/Detroit), Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Partners in Torah, American Friends of Rambam Hospital, the Shabbat Project and the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator. He’s a member of the board of trustees of Kids Kicking Cancer and the Detroit Zoological Society. Andi serves on the National Advisory Board of U-M’s Rogel Cancer Center. She also is on the board of directors of ORT America, which she has been involved with since 1973. She serves on the board of Hebrew Free Loan Society, is a transgenerational member of the Jewish Women’s Foundation and is a life member of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and Adat Shalom Sisterhood. She’s been involved in Israel Bonds for more than 35 years and is a national board member of the American Technion Society.

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