Isadore R. Cohen, school teacher

May 29, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Isadore R. Cohen, a retired Baltimore public school teacher who operated summer camps for children, died May 21 of brain cancer at the Hospice of Palm Beach County in Florida. He was 79.

Mr. Cohen taught mathematics at Roland Park Junior High and Pimlico Junior High. He retired in 1971 after a 35-year career and moved to Palm Beach.

In 1946, he established Camp Ramblewood, a co-educational children's camp near Darlington, Harford County. He sold the camp in 1971. In 1958, he founded Camp Mimosa near Bozman in western Talbot County and operated it until 1968.

A son, Dr. Eric Cohen of Owings Mills, said, "He was a workaholic who loved teaching and helping people. He was a teacher first and foremost, and his hobby was children."

Another son, Dr. Victor Cohen of West Palm Beach, Fla., said, "He was the kind of guy whose family was the most important thing in his life next to his students and campers. Their welfare was the No. 1 thing on his mind. He loved children and helping youth, and working with kids was his whole life." From 1963 to 1974, Mr. Cohen was a partner in Dunco, a company that built and maintained several apartment houses.

He was reared on Camden Street, the son of Russian immigrants who operated a confectionery in the old Commission District. He attended city schools and was a 1932 graduate of Baltimore City College. In 1936, he earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Towson State University.

During World War II, he taught history and geography to Army officers and was a counselor aboard troop transports.

In Baltimore, he was a member of Beth El Congregation and president of the men's club there.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Frieda Chandler; another son, Dr. Les Cohen of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two sisters, Anne Posner of Baltimore and Beveryle Bereson of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407.

Services were held Tuesday at Sol Levinson & Bros. with interment in Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery in Randallstown.

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