Growing up in State College I had many opportunities to spend time with Herman and his family at the Cohen house. It was always fun discussing politics, world events, or sports with Herman because he not only had great insight he also had a great sense of humor. I fondly remember those days and will miss Dr. Herman Cohen. My condolences to his family.
Dr. Cohen was a leader in the Speech Communication Association when I first joined as a junior; he was always warm and welcoming, and incredibly bright and insightful to boot. A great loss!
Herman was the first faculty member I met when I arrived at Penn State as a new graduate student in 1973. I'll never forget his kindness and encouragement. He served as a role model for us all and came the closest of anyone I've ever known to being a "perfect" professor.
I have many memories of the time Herman was a visiting professor in San Jose and of his participation in the International Communication Colloquium. He was a valued colleague and friend. My condolences to his family and colleagues.
When I switched from Political Science to Speech at the University of Oregon, Dr. Cohen was my second professor on that first day. He unveiled the fascinating area of rhetorical theory. With his pipe and tweed jacket, he fit the stereotypical image of a professor, which was reinforced by his level of knowledge, curiosity, and his interest in students. At that moment I knew nothing of his scholarship or professional activity--all I knew is this engagement with such a thoughtful person was why I was in graduate school. He was a model that few can ever reach. His leaving leaves an empty spot among the towering giants of the field.
Dr. Cohen was an amazing influence in my academic life. I was a young grad student who was very unsure of myself at the time. I can still remember the day he asked me to read one of his chapters and give him some feedback/advice. My eyes flew wide open as I struggled to understand that this amazing man was asking for my input. I said that surely there was nothing I could tell him that he didn't already know, and he insisted that I was smart enough to process and give feedback. It was that moment that I gained my confidence to move forward in an academic career.
I will never forget Dr. Cohen. I will always appreciate his belief in and support of me.
Very sorry to hear about Dr. Cohen's passing. When I came to Penn State in 1977 to pursue a Doctorate, I interned in his basic speech course. In addition to learning a lot about teaching from Herman, he also gave me confidence in myself that I could attain my goals. I have not met a more friendly and encouraging person.
Dr. Cohen treated all of his students with respect and kindness. I will never forget our conversations, his gentle prodding to get me to rethink an idea, and, of course, the wonderful matchbook collection that adorned his office. He was the ultimate professor and mentor.
Herman and I (Chris) enjoyed a long and warm friendship, and I will miss him as both a friend and a colleague. He was unfailingly supportive of my scholarly and pedagogical efforts, and I very much enjoyed being able to share new ideas and projects with him. The fact that he and my own father (still living, thank heavens) shared a birthday and birth year created a special bond between us (and, as Herm would say, between him and my Dad), so it is particularly sad to have to say goodbye to this important feature of our relationship. Our deepest sympathy goes to Marlee and to her and Herman's children and grandchildren. There is an empty place in all our lives now.
Herman was unfailingly pleasant as a professor and then as a colleague. My deepest sympathy to Marlee and the family.
We will miss you and our conversations, friend.
Our sincere sympathy to Marlee and the family.
Dr. Herman was one of the reasons I became a communication professional. He was a mentor and the best role model. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy.
Dad,We will miss you so very much!
Uncle Herm, you were always so interesting to chat with and I feel bad that so many years have gone by since we've had the chance to do that. I will always remember those chats...Love to you and your Family...
He listened to my ideas, and made me feel worthy and valuable. His History of Speech Communication seminar and book provided a solid foundation for so many students. He was a wonderful professor, mentor, and person. He will forever be an important person in my life and will live on through all those he influenced at PSU.
Goodbye Grandpa, we will miss you. Love-Bobby and Sara
I have so many happy memories of your dad. He was a wonderful professor, scholar, and mentor. A very sad loss.
He was always great to talk to and nice to us grad students. Wonderful stories from a giant in the communication field.
We will miss you Dad. Thanks for everything you taught us.
Bob and Matt Cohen
Herman was a good colleague and a great person.