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Stanley Harold Cohn ’47

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Stanley Harold Cohn ’47, May 9, 2005, in Portland. Stanley entered Reed in 1940, leaving in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Army, where military studies enabled him to gain fluency in the Russian language. Following the war, he returned to Reed, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He entered the University of Chicago, and earned a master's degree in 1949 and a doctorate in 1952 in economics. Stanley's career as an economist included positions with the International Monetary Fund, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (1951–63). His expertise and published research on the economic development of the Soviet Union was highly regarded. He served in the capacity of consultant to the Research Analysis Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; and the Swedish Ministry of Defense. Stanley taught economics at SUNY–Binghamton for 16 years before retiring in 1985 and moving back to Portland, where he was a visiting professor of economics at Reed in 1986–87. Active in his retirement center, both in its financial and educational efforts, Stanley was also a devoted supporter of Reed's academic programs, focusing energy and resources on scholarship for students in economics. Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Cohn Terkla ’48, who also graduated from Reed, and his extended family.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2005

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