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We take leave of Prof. Dr Christoph Kuhner

Long-time seminar director died after a short serious illness.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Kuhner in Nahaufnahme in einem Foyer

We miss Prof. Dr. Christoph Kuhner, who passed away completely unexpectedly on September 25th, 2020. We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of a valued colleague.

Christoph Kuhner worked for 20 years at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne and headed the renowned Department of Business Administration and Auditing.

Until 1989 Christoph Kuhner studied economics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn. After a two-year practical phase in auditing, he received his doctorate in 1993 under Prof. Dr Dr h. c. Hans-Jacob Krümmel at the Bonn Banking Seminar.

After working as a research assistant to Prof. Dr Dr h. c. Wolfgang Ballwieser at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University of Munich, he completed his habilitation in business administration there in January 1999, before accepting a position at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne at the end of 1999.

In his subject area, Christoph Kuhner impressed not only with his specific expertise in the field of external accounting: In particular, he was also distinguished by his comprehensive perspective, not least with regard to the consideration of economic and legal aspects. In addition to essays on national and international accounting, on aspects of auditing and company valuation, he also dealt with general information on economics topics. He also wrote commentaries and expert opinions.

In addition to his scientific activities, music was a special concern of his heart. As a talented cellist, he played in the orchestra and various chamber music associations. His extensive general knowledge, especially in the fields of music and history, made him a pleasant conversation partner. Many of us will remember particularly exciting and always instructive encounters.

With Christoph Kuhner a companion has left the WiSo Faculty, who was able to make everyone smile with his deadpan sense of humour. The thoroughness with which he fulfilled his duties, even if it was not directly connected with personal benefit, was a role model for us. We will sorely miss Prof. Dr. Christoph Kuhner and wish his family the necessary strength to get through this difficult time.