Robert Cohen, 94, of South Hadley has died. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Freed) Cohen. Born in Northampton, he was the son of Louis M. Cohen and Lena (Slotnick) Cohen. He is survived by three daughters, Carol and her husband, Bradley Katz, of Northampton; Susan and her husband, Peter Hellman, of New York City; and Marcy of Yarmouth Port; a brother, Bernard and his wife, Toby, of Madison, Wis.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ruth (Freed) Cohen, whom he met while he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Northampton High School in 1941. That fall he started at the University of Pennsylvania, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He entered the Army in 1943 and saw action in France, Belgium and Germany as a lineman with the 106th Infantry Division.  His war service included fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1947.  He also studied at various points in his life at Auburn University, UMass (Amherst) and Smith College Graduate School, from which he received his graduate degree.  Following college, he was first affiliated with his family’s retail business in Northampton. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, and he was a corporator of the old Northampton Institution for Savings and its successor. In 1966 he embarked on a new career.  After obtaining his master’s degree from Smith College, he joined the faculty at Greenfield Community College and was a professor of mathematics there until his retirement in 1989, serving for some years as chairman of the department. He was a devoted and expert skier who volunteered for a number of years at Mt. Tom Ski Area in Holyoke skiing one-on-one to accompany blind skiers.


Nettie B. Holzman

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