Sanford Allen Cohen
1949 - 2020
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Sanford Allen Cohen

Sanford Allen Cohen, August 21, 1949 - December 4, 2020, was born in Detroit, Michigan to Herbert and Belle Cohen.

Sanford was an educator, witty raconteur, and author of stories, poems and satirical songs, which delighted all who heard him perform them. As a gifted youth and influential man, Sanford's interests were many and varied. He loved and expounded on baseball, movies, and travel, especially to natural settings. A gentle man, he appreciated plants and animals of all kinds, especially the two cats who dwelled in his Royal Oak home.

He was a graduate of Wayne State University, with a BA and MA in History, and he taught Social Studies at Detroit's Southeastern High School for over 30 years. His role as a teacher exceeded standard classroom curricula as he proudly led the after-school Southeastern Chess Club to national acclaim many times over.

Sanford was beloved by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Kozlowski, his sister, Brenda (Howard) Rosenberg, and many cousins near and far.

A celebration of his remarkable life is being planned for the summer of 2021.

Donations to the following organizations in his name are recommended: Greenpeace or The Cat Connection




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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2020.
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December 13, 2020
We met when we were both the age of 15. We were volunteer ushers at a Wayne State University student play. Soon after we met, Sanford was awarded parts acting in student plays at Cass Technical High School. Teachers and other students quickly recognized that Sandy had natural comedic and dramatic talent. Sandy had the role of Otto Frank, Anne's father, in The Diary of Anne Frank. He played that sensitive role night after night with the skill of a professional actor. When Sandy, as Otto Frank, described his post-war search for his family, many audience members were move to tears.

Sandy could have pursued a career on stage but he chose not to. He was a brilliant guy who wrote stories and poems, taught history, and entertained and enriched the lives of all who knew him. He used his acting skills to bring history to life for the students in his history classes.

We remained good friends throughout our lives. He was a kind person, always ready and willing to help out a friend, no matter how difficult the task. Sandy enjoyed the music and politics and just plain fun of the 1960's and 1970's, and the decades afterward as well. His sense of adventure and curiosity led the two of us to travel to Virginia Beach in 1970 just to see the total eclipse of the sun.

When he met Nancy, he knew he had found his soul mate. Nancy, I am so glad you found each other. You enriched each other's lives. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my good friend Sanford too.

Aaron Burstein
Friend
December 12, 2020
Sanford will definitely be missed. He always had a big smile and a great sense of humor. He will forever be in our memories.
Kate Dekresz
Friend
December 10, 2020
As much as knew him I knew what a good man he was...he could make me laugh...running with Sanford and lenny was always special. A true loss
Tony Casillas
Friend
December 9, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Scott Beckwith
Friend
December 9, 2020
I regret having not been able to get to know Sanford, he sounds like a remarkable person. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I know he will be missed.
Lisa Goldmann
Friend
December 9, 2020
Sanford was one of the dearest people I have ever known. A spirited conversationalist with a brilliant mind and a marvelous sense of humor, he was a true mensch. He was a loving husband to my dear friend, Nancy. One of her biggest fans, he was genuinely proud of her talent and loved to show off her artwork to us all. Fond memories of our joyous times together will keep me smiling forever.
Cheryl Cutrona
Friend
December 7, 2020
I feel fortunate to have known Sanford, and all the fun he generated, especially at the pool parties that Nancy and he gave. And so sorry for his leaving us Too Soon! A thinking and caring person, what a pity.
Irene Welch
Irene Welch
December 6, 2020
Sanford Allen Cohen was very good in his undertakings, but his greatest achievement was that he was a good man. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Nancy, sister Brenda and many relatives and friends.
Saulius Simoliunas
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