Daniel J. Rahn


1946 - 2002


Excerpts from "A Tribute to Dan Rahn", IABPA News, September, 2002 by Insp. Bruce MacLean (RCMP):

"At the time of his death, Dan was the president of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
Dan put a tremendous amount of time and energy into this organization."

"Dan was without a doubt one of the finest forensic identification technician and bloodstain pattern analysts I have ever met.  
As you all know, he was extremely intelligent and possessed a gifted analytical mind."

"Dan was a free thinker and born rebel. Dan was thinking 'outside of the box'
long before there was a box and it became fashionable to do so.
Dan was not adverse to having a contrary opinion.
He was always a man ahead of his time."


Grant Information

As a memorial to Dan, the IABPA has established a research grant intended to support the advancement of the science of bloodstain pattern analysis.   There are three (3) such grants available (currently, up to $3,000 each) each year.


  • The purpose of the grant is to encourage and support research in BPA and to enable that research to reach the BPA community. 

  • Applicants will either be a full or associate IABPA member in good standing or nominees of an IABPA full member, as well as mentored non-members.  
  • Preference will be given to those who are not previous recipients of the award.

Learn more or apply for the grant