Irvin H. Cohen, 89, owned clothing store

April 14, 2005

Irvin H. Cohen, former owner of K. Katz & Sons Inc., a Baltimore men's clothing store, who later had a career as a banker, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. The longtime Pikesville resident was 89.

Mr. Cohen was born in Baltimore and raised on Chauncey Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was a 1932 graduate of City College and at 19 earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

While working in the budget fur and rug departments at Hochschild Kohn department store, he attended the University of Maryland School of Law at night and earned a law degree in 1939.

During World War II, he served with the Army Quartermaster Corps. He attained the rank of sergeant, fought at the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of St. Malo, France.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and went to work at K. Katz & Sons on East Baltimore Street. He became a partner and later owner of the business, which he sold in the 1970s.

At 61, he was hired by First National Bank of Maryland. He retired in 1996 as manager of the bank's Pikesville branch.

Mr. Cohen's wife of 47 years, the former Margaret Stephany, died in 1998.

He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed the sport until age 85.

"He loved competing against players half his age," said his sister, Marjorie C. Strasburger of Pikesville.

Mr. Cohen volunteered with Jewish Family Services and served as a chauffeur to his many friends who could no longer drive. He was a member of the Green Valley Swim Club and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Services were Tuesday.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Cohen is survived by two sons, Richard I. Cohen of Arlington, Va., and Dr. Jeffrey I. Cohen of Burtonsville; two granddaughters; and his companion, Jane Kahn of Cross Keys.

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