Kohn insisted on teaching the fundamentals of Bauhaus color theory at Washington University, and in his own work, joyful color reigned supreme. "When I was the gallery's director, hanging Bill Kohn's works for exhibitions at the early Elliot Smith Gallery on Skinker was always a pleasure," recalls Roseann Weiss, director of community art programs and public art initiatives at the Regional Arts Commission. "Bill's enthusiasm for his newest works was infectious. And when we finished with the installation, the gallery was luminous with color."
Philanthropist and art collector Nancy Kranzberg recalls Kohn as generous and down-to-earth. "Bill loved his wife and he loved life," Kranzberg says, adding, "His studios were always open to the average person -- he was not elitist at all, and even though he had won so many awards, there was not a conceited bone in his body."