Edward “Sonny” Cogan ’51

Edward “Sonny” Cogan ’51 died February 22, 2012, in Haifa, Israel. He was born on March 16, 1927, in Rumford, and prepared for Bowdoin at Morse High School and Portland Junior College. He served to private first class in the Army Air Forces just after the end of World War II. He was a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity, and he won first prize in Masque and Gown’s one-act play contest. He went on to study chemistry at Oregon State University and Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He began his career as a chemist at Charlton Labs in Portland, then moved to Albany, Oregon, to work for the Bureau of Mines. He held several U.S. patents for alloys. In 1968, he, his wife, and four children moved to Israel, eventually settling in Haifa, where he continued his work as a chemist, first for Israel Mining Industries and then at Fertilizers & Chemicals, until his retirement in 1992. He maintained his love of theater for much of his life. He acted and directed at the Portland Civic Theater and later at the Albany Little Theater (now Albany Civic). From 1950 to 1955, he served as a booking agent for musicians and actors, including Mel Torme, Mickey Katz and his son Joel Grey, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Tony Curtis. In Israel, he remained very active as a director and actor as a co-founder of the Haifa English Theater in 1970. He also served in the Civil Guard, B’nai B’rith, and Moriah Synagogue. He was a talented musician, writer, humorist, director, actor, carpenter, chemist, magician, pilot, and “walking encyclopedia.” As one grandchild said, “Even if you asked him a simple question, you had to be prepared for a history-of-the-world answer.” He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rose Adele Mozorosky Cogan; a daughter, Cheryl; three sons, Jon, Mike, and Neal; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Finnerty, Carol Koranda, and Judy Ross; and two brothers, Gerald Cogan ’50 and Arnold Cogan.