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Alan Ahrens

January 4, 1940 - September 3, 2021

Alan B. Ahrens, a business executive and educator, died on September 3, 2021. He was born on January 4, 1940, in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Chatham, NJ. He was the son of Dorothy and Judson Ahrens, a national accounts sales manager with the New York Telephone Company. He graduated with a BA from Hamilton College in 1961 and an MBA from Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.

He served in a variety of management positions with several companies for twenty-five years. His business career took him to Maine, New York City, Richmond, VA, Portland, OR, and back to Richmond. Along the way, he taught a few courses as an adjunct faculty member at a community college and found he enjoyed teaching. In 1990, he made a career change and became Dean of Instruction at a career college in Richmond and, subsequently, Director of Education of another career college in Lynchburg. Since 2006, he served as a mentor with SCORE, advising over 20 business and non-profit organizations throughout the Lynchburg area.

He is survived by his daughter Courtney, a Professor at California State University at Long Beach, his son-in-law, Ed, and his grandson, Braden (age 12); son Chandler, an Architect and Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, his daughter-in-law Joelle, and granddaughters Seneca (age 12) and Mira (age 11); brother Jay and daughter-in-law Jean of Savannah, GA; and niece Jennifer and her husband Christopher of Arlington, MA.

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in the Chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that those wishing to send memorial contributions please consider: SCORE: https://scorefoundation.org/donate/; Lynchburg Symphony: http://lynchburgsymphony.org/donate/; or Habitat for Humanity: https://www.lynchburghabitat.org/donate/

Click here to view Alan’s tribute video

 

Burial Date September 12, 2021

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in the Chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.

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I have been looking for Alan since the last couple of weeks of August and finally found his obituary. Unfortunately, I missed his e-mail to us in May. Alan was my husband Dick's best man at our wedding in 1965. What a guy! We loved him very much. It just so happened that my husband Dick Tinkham passed away 3 days after Alan on Sept. 6 and that is why I was looking for Alan to inform him of Dick's passing. Hopefully, they will be reunited again. I can hear all the stories already. Please accept my condolences to Robin and the rest of the family. Alan will be terribly missed.

Posted by Marge Tinkham on October 11, 2021

I've known Alan for almost 12 years, seeing him from time to time. I watched the very good tribute video presented here, and realized I didn't know much about his very interesting life and accomplishments. He was well-spoken and preferred listening to others. Everyone I know who knew him also really loved the man. We are really going to miss him, and I wish I had taken more time to get to know him personally. Sending prayers for Alan and his family and friends. Rest in peace, Alan!

Posted by Michael Frazier on September 11, 2021

I too was a SCORE volunteer with Alan. Smart guy- out to help those he could.

Posted by West Francus on September 9, 2021

I too was a SCORE volunteer with Alan. Smart guy- out to help those he could.

Posted by West Francus on September 9, 2021

I too was a SCORE volunteer with Alan. Smart guy- out to help those he could.

Posted by West Francus on September 9, 2021

I too was a SCORE volunteer with Alan. Smart guy- out to help those he could.

Posted by West Francus on September 9, 2021

I was a SCORE volunteer with Alan for a number of years. He was smart and very willing to share information to those wishing to start or increase their business whether a nonprofit or for-profit business. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Dan Lynch on September 9, 2021

Screenshot of a post by Christine Kennedy on Facebook about Alan; it and the many comments are full of praise for Alan

Posted by David Neumeyer on September 9, 2021

Screenshot of a post by Christine Kennedy on Facebook about Alan; it and the many comments are full of praise for Alan

Posted by David Neumeyer on September 9, 2021

Alan was always incredibly supportive me of as a young business entrepreneur. I met Alan through SCORE and he was always in my corner and had a genuine and caring interest for my family. I haven't seen him in years, but will always remember his kindness and impact on my young life. <3

Posted by on September 9, 2021

Alan had a keen interest in people, particularly the business of helping people figure out how to do their best work. He was generous with his time and talent, serving as an advisor (SCORE) for the board of directors at Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity. Even after he completed that mission, he continued to check in with me to see how things were going. I valued his advice and really appreciated his support. Alan was truly a kind human being! My hope is that his family knows how much his community admired and appreciated Alan. He will be missed.

Posted by Donna Vincent on September 8, 2021

Alan was one of the kindest and most Intelligent people I have known. We shared an interest in the Dodgers MLB team, particularly in its Brooklyn incarnation. We worked together as volunteers in support of The Lynchburg Symphony and Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity. His knowledge and experience were invaluable assets in the success of both organizations.

Posted by Rick Edwards on September 8, 2021

I first met Alan when I agreed to serve as president of the LSO in 2012. Alan's help was invaluable and the positive effects continue to this day. He worked with our board to develop a Strategic Plan and he assisted with identifying quality candidates for the board. I spent many hours in the conference room at the Business Center getting advice from Alan on a range of issues. Alan continued to serve as an Advisor to the LSO on the LSO's Advisory Council until his recent illness. Alan was an encourager with a can-do spirit, and he was a friend. We shared books and articles and I could always count on his support for LSO events. He is deeply missed. My prayers are with his family. Linda Edwards

Posted by Linda Edwards on September 8, 2021

Dear Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of Alan. He was a good friend for many years and helped some friends and I set up a local non-profit. John Healy

Posted by John Healy on September 7, 2021

Dear Family, A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting Alan through SCORE as he was the Chapter Chair in our Lynchburg office. What a remarkable human being and one great professional businessman. In the branches I assist I do not know of anyone that mentored more clients than Alan. It is in the hundreds of aspiring business people he advised, guided and supported through the years. He will missed sadly missed and I am personally grateful for the work he has done in Lynchburg building a truly strong Chapter. He touched so many lives both personally and professionally. God Bless. Charles Vice Chair Western Region Virginia SCORE 227 South Pollard Street Vinton, Virginia 24179 540.283.7064 office 540.204.6422 cell

Posted by Charles C Whiting on September 7, 2021

Sending special prayers and thoughts to Alan’s family. I worked with your dad at the Lynchburg campus. He was DOE and I was in Academics as the Registrar. Alan was a wealth of knowledge in the school business. Alan always talked about his children and grandchildren. We kept up after he left the school and we would always talk at Christmas. He called one day after having a seizure and I met him at the hospital and after being checked out I was there to take him home. I feel so bad that I didn’t know he was sick. He will be missed here in Lynchburg. He settled in and this was home for him. You folks take care and be safe in your travels. May god bless you all, Denise

Posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2021

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