Parkinson's Action Network Mourns the Loss of John Rehm

(WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014) – The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) and its community of advocates are saddened by the loss of friend and longtime supporter of the Parkinson’s community, John Rehm.

Since 2006, John and his wife, Diane, have served as co-chairs for PAN’s annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner, a night meant to celebrate PAN’s work and the Parkinson’s community. John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003.

“We have lost a dear friend and dedicated supporter,” said Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of PAN. “In addition to being an accomplished lawyer and a loving husband and father, he was always committed to helping others. He will be sorely missed.”

John, a former attorney for the U.S. Department of State, and Diane, host of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, have been married since 1959. In 2002, the couple published Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage, which became a national bestseller. In 2011, John also published Onward Journey: Seeking the Divine, a book about spirituality.

John was born in Paris and came to the U.S. at the age of seven. He attended Friends Seminary in New York City, Harvard College, Columbia Law School, and Wesley Seminary. After serving as Assistant Legal Advisor for Economic Affairs at the State Department, he became the first General Counsel of the Office of Special Trade Representative under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

In 1969, he left government for private practice in the field of international trade and then retired in 2000. For six years after his retirement, he served as a Docent in the Freer and Sackler Galleries and as a volunteer for Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic and The Washington Home.

In addition to Diane, John is survived by his son, David, daughter, Jennifer, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC at noon on Saturday, June 28. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church or The Washington Home. Learn more here.


The Parkinson’s Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. PAN was founded in 1991 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more, visit