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Martin Theodore Cobin passed away November 5 quickly, peacefully and at home, as he wanted. He was 94 years old. Born in New York City to Rose and Joseph Bernard Cohen, Martin found various ways to pursue his passion for studying communication and its impact on human affairs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and went on to teach theatre at West Virginia University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he eventually became professor emeritus. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival saw him as director, executive director, and occasionally as actor. The rhythms of Shakespeare resonated within him well, but he embraced the poetic rhythms of any culture. His interests were humanistic and world-wide. He married June Peterson during World War II and served in the occupation of Japan at the same time that he was starting a family. The images of war had a profound effect on him, and thereafter he strove to use artistic expression to create compassion and understanding in his family, in his community, and around the world. A long-time member of the Boulder Quaker Meeting, he served for the Quakers throughout the United States, Mexico, and East Asia. His artistry expanded from theatrical performance to playwriting, poetry, and eventually a novel near the culmination of his life. He is survived by his children Lyn Gullette, Gail Moscoso, Kit Warner, and Peter Cobin, and by 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lenore Fleming. Services will be held Nov. 16 at 3:00pm at Boulder Friends Meeting 1825 Upland, Ave.,Boulder. Those of you familiar with Martin's book of poetry, "Final Fling" will know that he "flung" dancing. Martin was an extraordinary man who lived a full and rich life. He touched the lives of many others, and he will be missed. We are left with overwhelming gratitude.
Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 9, 2014
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