Shirlee Fink Kahn; Counselor, Community Activist, Volunteer

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Shirlee Fink Kahn, a family counselor, community activist and volunteer, died Sunday (May 4, 1997) of lung cancer at the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 71.

Mrs. Kahn, of Chesterfield, was a counselor and therapist who was once described by a colleague as the "consummate caring and compassionate professional." Several years ago, while living in New York, she developed techniques to help women going through divorce.

In 1982, Mrs. Kahn was part of a small team that visited the Soviet Union, where she counseled Jewish activists called refuseniks.

Mrs. Kahn earned a master's degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. The school set up an award in her name.

After graduation, Mrs. Kahn became the children's staff worker at Council House, a Jewish settlement house here. There she met her husband of 46 years, William Kahn, who was director of that agency. Council House later merged into the Jewish Community Centers Association. …