|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1895|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1979|
West Virginia, USA
Lou always had a keen interest in the arts. In the 1950's Nicolaus Koni, a world renowned master sculptor, created a bronze bust of Lou that has been displayed in Koni exhabits in a number of museums.
Lou loved to entertain and occasionally gave parties in his penthouse apartment situated on the top floor of M. Cohen & Son. Numbered among the guests who visited him were many Democrats, including members of the Rooselvelt family. Lou also entertained stage and screen personalities, to and including his close friend, Fanny Brice (subject of Barbra Streisand movie,"Funny Girl"). The following 1964 newspaper article provides a glimpse into Lou's life in the 1960's:
Gettysburg (PA) Times, Friday, Oct. 23, 1964, p. 2
Miss Lillian Brown, personal secretary to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Cordell, R. 2, were guests Tuesday evening at the annual United Nations Day banquet held at The Shenandoah, Martinsburg, W. Va.. when Secretary of the Army Stephen Ailes and Art Buchwald. syndicated columnist and humorist, were the speakers. The local persons were also guests at the cocktail party and reception held before the dinner at the apartment of Lou Cohen, chairman of the U N. committee
Throughout his adult life Lou was active in civic affairs on city, county, and state levels.From December 1950 through 1952 Lou Cohen was president of the Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce.
Martinsburg (WVA) Journal, April 4, 1979, editorial page (extracted from Cohen & Elins families research records of Ruth Hasten Walsh & Daniel J. Elins)
LOU COHEN'S DEATH
This community lost a fine civic minded citizen the other day in the death of Lou Cohen.
Although he had been in ill health for a number of years and had not been able to participate in community activities, Lou Cohen had a long record of service, extending over many years, for the benefit of Martinsburg.
He was long one of our most progressive merchants and business men and was always in the forefront of all sorts of programs and projects to make Martinsburg and Berkeley County a better place to live.
He gave willingly of his leadership, time and money in practically everything undertaken for the betterment of the community he loved. Lou was an enthusiastic person who had the ability to transfer this enthusiasm to others in helping to work hard for his project of the moment. He had been president of the Chamber of commerce, president of the Retail Business Men's Association, long headed the highly-successful United Nations dinners conducted here annually, was always active in such things as the United Way and Red Cross, was a World War I veteran and long active in the American Legion, was a former president of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, was the first president of the boys club and a past president of the boys Club and a past president of the travelers Protective Association. He was also named Martins bug's honorary fire chief in recognition of his tireless efforts to raise funds for the volunteer companies. He likewise served on many ad hoc committees for community betterment.
The foregoing gives some idea of the breadth of his interests. He will be remembered as having been a fine citizen. Our community could use more like him.
Cumberland (MD) News, April 2, 1979 (extracted from Cohen & Elins families research records of Ruth Hasten Walsh & Daniel J. Elins)
MARTINSBURG. W Va. -- Louis Cohen, 83, of 131 North Queen Street, died Friday in Martinsburg City Hospital. Born April 25, 1895, he was a son of the late Mendel and Rebecca Cohen. He was the owner and operator of M. Cohen and Son from 1933 until his retirement in 1970. He was co-owner of Win-Mar Orchards in Bunker Hill. He served in the army during World War I and was a member of the Beth Jacob Synagog, where he served as president from 1946-50.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews Friends will be received at the Brown Funeral Home from 7 until 9 p.m tomorrow.
Services will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. by Rabbi Harvey Rosenfeld. Interment will be in the Beth Jacob Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to either the Beth Jacob Synagog or the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library
Maxcellus Mendel Cohen (1870 - 1933)
Rebecca O. Levine Cohen (1867 - 1929)
Sarah Cohen Adelson (1885 - 1955)*
Solomon Cohen (1893 - 1977)*
Louis Cohen (1895 - 1979)
Beth Jacob Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Ruth Hasten Walsh
Originally Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Jun 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20149618
Added: Jan. 26, 2012