Kahn honored for work as Touro archivist

Photo provided by Touro Infirmary -- Catherine Kahn
Photo provided by Touro Infirmary -- Catherine Kahn

Touro Infirmary’s archivist of 22 years, Catherine Kahn, recently received the Helen A. Mervis Jewish Community Professional Award from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana.

The award, named in honor of JEF’s former executive director, the late Helen Mervis, is given to an outstanding professional employee of a Jewish community organization in the greater New Orleans area annually at the Jewish Endowment Foundation’s Annual Event.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this distinguished award. The work I do for the Jewish community of New Orleans comes from a strong sense of family, faith and dedication to preserving the precious history of Jewish organizations in this city,” Kahn said.

Kahn came to Touro Infirmary in 1990 to create the archives of the oldest not-for-profit, private hospital in Louisiana.

For 22 years, she has preserved the hospital’s history, creating a valuable resource not only for the use of the hospital, but also for historians, medical researchers, students and genealogists.

Kahn is also the author of several books, including “Legacy: The History of the Greater New Orleans Foundation” and “The Jewish Community of New Orleans.”

“It’s exciting to see Cathy Kahn’s active spirit and hard work, not only for Touro Infirmary but the Jewish community of New Orleans, celebrated in this magnitude,” said Touro Infirmary Governing Board Chair Ruth Kullman.