hahn copyA Los Angeles Board of Supervisor for ten consecutive terms, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn championed health care services and training in South Los Angeles.

Hahn began his political career in 1947 with a successful run for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council. At 26, he was the youngest person at the time to ever serve on the Council, and at 32, was the youngest at the time to serve as a county supervisor. He is perhaps most known for moving to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958. As supervisor during the 1965 Watts Revolt, he supported construction of both the MLK Hospital and CDU. He believed South Los Angeles should have access to quality health care, just like any other area in the city. In 1982, Supervisor Hahn participated in groundbreaking ceremonies of the W. Montague Cobb Medical Education Building. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) Board of Trustees (formerly Board of Directors) often conferred with Supervisor Hahn on issues related to patient care in South Los Angeles. The Supervisor also worked with CDU administration to help articulate agreements in and on behalf of the University (then known as Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School) for patient care, education and research. Hahn passed away in 1997, and CDU presented him posthumously with a Board of Trustees Medal of Honor.

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