Charles Allen Cohen ’47

Charles Allen Cohen ’47 died October 13, 2007, in Portland, Maine, after a lengthy illness.

Born on October 16, 1926, in Portland, he prepared for college at Portland High School and became a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. In 1944, he joined the Navy’sV-12 officer candidate program and was sent to Bates, Holy Cross, and Dartmouth Colleges. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and again from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean conflict, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. Upon returning to Maine after World War II, he entered the auto tire and fuel oil business and became president of Service Oil Company, a position that he held for many years until his retirement in 1995. He was active in many business and community organizations: president and former director of the Better Home Heat Council of Southern Maine; president and chair of the board of the Maine Oil Dealers Association; president of the Morrison Development Center (formerly known as the Cerebral Palsy Center); and president and chair of the board of The Cedars. He served on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Portland, Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, and the Jewish Community Center, where he was a life member and president from 1964-66. He was a trustee of the Maine State Library and the Falmouth Memorial Library. He was a long-time member of the Cumberland Club, a past president of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, and a past president and director emeritus of the Foreside Common Association. He was a volunteer with Maine Handicapped Skiing for 18 years, served on its board as vice president, and was the recipient of the organization’s 110% Volunteer Award. In Bowdoin affairs, he was 1947’s Class Agent for 14 years. In 1955, he married Marvis Polakewich, who died in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Blanchard Cohen; two daughters, Lorri Rich of Candia, N.H., and Martha Ollove of Scarborough; and three granddaughters.