2014 Special Menschen: The Cohens

2014 Special Menschen: The Cohens

Richard and Lois Cohen

“Whatever we have, we wanted to use for a good purpose.”

Richard CohenAt 88, Richard “Dick” Cohen is trim, upbeat, and engaging as he describes his experiences as an Army scout in Germany during World War II. Shot in his left arm in enemy territory, an injury that continues to affect him, he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He met his wife Lois while he was being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Richard continued to win medals and citations for superior service during a distinguished career in the US Department of Commerce and in the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service.

As the conversation turns from career, to the Selby Bay Yacht Club, to why Dick and Lois, a talented artist who passed away in 2012, chose to include Charles E. Smith Life Communities in their estate plans, Dick offered a simple explanation, “We were lucky to have this facility available to us when our relatives needed it and pleased with the care they received.” They arranged to leave a residual bequest. “We wanted to help people who lack the support that we had. Whatever we have, we wanted to use for a good purpose,” Cohen said.

The relatives Dick referred to include his mother, Minerva Cohen, who profited from rehabilitation at the Hebrew Home following a stroke in 1970, and Lois’s parents, Jacob and Goldie Zulin, who lived at Revitz House for six years. As their health needs changed, this couple moved to the Smith-Kogod Residence where they lived together for seven years, and after Goldie’s passing, Jacob stayed until his death at age 99. Goldie’s sister Mollie Merelman also lived at Smith-Kogod.

Dick summarizes the message underlying his and Lois’s bequest: “We were here, and we did some good.” Learn how you can do the same by contacting Elana Lippa, director of Gift Planning, at 301.770.8342.


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