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January 14, 2014
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.
January 12, 2014
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!
January 10, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 01, 2014
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.
January 01, 2014
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.
December 27, 2013
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.
December 27, 2013
Herman was unfailingly pleasant as a professor and then as a colleague. My deepest sympathy to Marlee and the family.
December 27, 2013
We will miss you and our conversations, friend.
Our sincere sympathy to Marlee and the family.
December 26, 2013
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.
December 26, 2013
Dad,We will miss you so very much!
Love,Gina
December 26, 2013
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...
December 26, 2013
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.
December 26, 2013
Goodbye Grandpa, we will miss you. Love-Bobby and Sara
December 26, 2013
I have so many happy memories of your dad. He was a wonderful professor, scholar, and mentor. A very sad loss.
December 25, 2013
He was always great to talk to and nice to us grad students. Wonderful stories from a giant in the communication field.
December 25, 2013
We will miss you Dad. Thanks for everything you taught us.

Bob and Matt Cohen
December 25, 2013
Herman was a good colleague and a great person.
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