Gus Cohen- Second Signee Of Roll Book and Co-Founder

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Gus Cohen- Second Signee Of Roll Book and Co-FounderGustav E. “Gus” Cohen (c/o 1907) was also from Wilkes-Barre, PA and was born on January 19, 1880 in NYC, NY, son of Herman and Marie Cohen. Gus was the fourth of 5 children.

After graduating, Brother Cohen spent several years in Utah to help a company find potash, which was used as an explosive material in WWI. In DUQ XL 1922 (page 221), an article written by Brother Kain ’22 reported that Brother Cohen had been secured by the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor for the remainder of the year.

In approximately 1923 he came back to State College and stayed there the rest of his life, as a chemistry professor (he died in 1965).  He stayed involved in DU - there were quite a number of DUs on the faculty. He appears in various class photos of the chapter house, and at times was listed as a faculty adviser.  

He had two children, son and daughter, and both attended PSU.  The son, George Herman Cohen (aeronautical engineer) was a DU. In “Letters to Alumni”, Doc Davis reported that Brother Cohen died on December 15th of 1965 at the age of 85.  Haffner, Amato, and Carr arranged for floral piece on behalf of the Chapter. 

Brother Cohen attended the 50th reunion of Phi Tau in 1955 and also gave a critical speech at the 55th reunion of Phi Tau in 1960 (at the chapter house), one which details much of our early days. 

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