Uwe Hain, age 76, passed away at Mt. Sinai - South Nassau Hospital, Oceanside, New
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York on June 9, 2020. He was born on April 16, 1944, in Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany
to Kurt Hain and Ilse Kutz. Uwe attended the Bürgermeister-Rudolph-Ross Schule, a
very disciplined all-boys school in Hamburg, completed an apprenticeship in the social
security system as well as attending Berufsschule (complementary school). Uwe was
very influenced by Frau Dr. von Kruglewski-Anders, an economist and member of the
parliament of Hamburg. She suggested that he pursue his interests in history and
politics. He went on to be selected through a competition to continue his studies at the
prestigious Hansa Kolleg, then graduating from the University of Hamburg with a degree
in Economy and additional qualifications from the German Development Institute.
Shortly after he received an offer to join the United Nations Development Programme as
a junior professional officer in Internal Audit. During this time, he lived in Manhattan
near the UN and his professional duties brought him to every corner of the world.
During his years of service with UNDP (until 1989); he visited some 50 countries and in
addition to his professional duties, he served as President of the UNDP/UNFPA Joint
Staff Council for two terms.
He met his future wife, Linda Quinones, in 1979. They married on May 17, 1983, and
had already bought a Victorian “Queen Anne” home dating back to 1897 in Freeport,
New York. One year later Uwe and Linda took a belated honeymoon for six weeks
travelling to Japan, Nepal, Thailand, and India. Their love of travel continued
throughout their lives including visits to, among other countries, Germany, Switzerland,
Italy, Egypt, Morocco and short visits to several cities in the United States.
On June 5, 1987, their daughter, Alexandra Juliana was born. In 1989, they rented
their home and Uwe accepted an appointment with an agency of the United Nations, the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as Chief Internal Auditor of the
Organization located in Montreal, Canada.
Uwe and Linda were very eager that Alexandra have the advantage of both cultures,
American and German. During this time they lived in Westmount, a suburb of Montreal
and enrolled Alexandra in the German Kindergarten. At the end of 1992, Uwe accepted
an appointment as Chief Internal Auditor for the European Organization for Safety and
Air Navigation Control (EUROCONTROL). During this time they lived in Auderghem, a
French-speaking suburb of Brussels. Alexandra was educated at the European School
in the German track with English as a second language. Today Alexandra is tri-lingual,
fluent in English, German and French.
In 2001, Uwe’s contractual arrangements with EUROCONTROL were coming to an end.
He accepted the position of Deputy Director, Audit and Management Consulting
Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) at United Nations Headquarters In
New York. Rather than returning to their home on Long Island, Uwe and Linda decided
that the Family would live in Manhattan for the duration of Alexandra’s high school
education. They rented an apartment in Stuyvesant Town on East 14th Street.
Alexandra attended the United Nations International School, continued her multi-
lingual education and graduated in June, 2005 with the International Baccalaureate.
Alexandra began her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University. Uwe and Linda
returned to Long Island. Uwe retired from the United Nations in April, 2006. In May
2008, Uwe left retirement and took up an assignment in the African Union - United
Nations Mission in Darfur (El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur) (UNAMID) to create
an office of OIOS/IAD. He returned to New York in November 2009 and then went into
Uwe made lifelong relationships with colleagues, friends and the global world at large.
During his retirement he completed the family chronicle, immersed himself in
Freemasonry, research and writing as well as taking over the reverse role in the
household since Linda returned to full time employment. He enjoyed cooking, reading
and listening to classical music.
Uwe is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Linda and their daughter, Alexandra
A viewing, at 3:00 p.m. and brief Committal Service, at 4:00 p.m. will be held on
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the St. James Funeral Home, 829 Middle Country Road, St.
James, New York 11780.
A Memorial Service at the United Nations is planned to take place in the fall of 2020.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Long Island Cares, Inc. and/or