In Memory

Bobby Cohen

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09/11/09 11:26 PM #1    

Philip Wetz

My memories of Bobby are of him running the 440 yard race, something at which he excelled, as I recall him representing AHHS at the regional track meet. He had that long stride that just ate up ground. Privately, he had a wonderful sense of humor and was a very bright guy who left this world all too soon.

10/02/09 01:39 PM #2    

Larry Beck

Bob became one of best friends even though he went north for school, Cornell, and I went south. We would hang out in the summer, or meet in NYC for Thanksgiving with his uncle and family.

In November, 1974, he was struck and killed on the Interstate in DC while hitchhiking to his brother Joe's home. Bobby did a risky and foolish thing, but he was celebrating life. A BA from Cornell, on full academic scholarship, in civil engineering. He was anticipating an internship in the Arlington, VA? city planning department, and acceptance by Cornell into graduate school. Best of all, he was on track to secure a spot on the '76 Olympic decathlon team. He was that close to all his dreams.

He did meet many goals. An "All Ivy" athlete, he held Cornell's record for the decathlon and was one of their best sprinters. He must have made a mark. Cornell instituted, for their annual track meets, the "Robert 'Tex' Cohen Memorial Mile Relay".

10/04/11 08:03 PM #3    

Randy Lockwood

As I was picking up my son from Alamo Heights football practice today, I happened to glance up at a plaque on the stadium wall containing the various track records set.  One in particular caught my eye, that of our own classmate Bobby Cohen, whose time of 48.7 seconds in the 400 meter still stands today, 43 years after it was first set in 1968.  Although Bobby left us years ago, this plaque still stands as a tribute to his memory.  

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