Kevin J. Coogan
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1952 - 2020
Kevin J. Coogan of Queens, New York died unexpectedly on February 27, 2020 at the age of 67. Kevin was an investigative journalist and author. His 1998 book, Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey & The Postwar Fascist International, remains one of the most important works on post-war fascism.
Kevin grew up in a loving family in Philadelphia. His parents were both writers. Kevin easily gravitated to books and to writing.
As a high school student, Kevin joined an American New Left faction, Students for a Democratic Society. After matriculating at Sarah Lawrence College, Kevin joined the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC). He left school and drove a cab three nights a week to keep financially afloat. As he put it, after a while, "driving a cab in the middle of the night in 1970s New York was in a way a paid vacation" from what he came to view as a "pretty nasty cult." In 1979 Kevin quit the NCLC. He wrote critical essays and published several books online about the NCLC's leader, Lyndon LaRouche
Kevin returned to Sarah Lawrence in 1979 and earned his degree four years later. Thus, began his life as a freelance writer. Kevin received a grant to research in Europe resulting in a 1986 cover story for Mother Jones magazine that he co-wrote. In 1998, he completed Dreamer of the Day, a biography of an enigmatic figure, not well known except to those who study the far right. In 2004, Kevin presented at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam on transnational political networks in the 1950s. His articles appeared in The Village Voice and in a British academic journal, Patterns of Prejudice, among other publications. Kevin worked as a freelance copy-editor and in-house book reviewer for Routledge, a British publishing company based in London. He reviewed books in French and English on European postwar politics. Kevin recently completed a book about a Polish spy who defected to America in the 1960s and a book on the Japanese Red Army.
Kevin loved his adopted city, New York. His urban hikes took him to Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan satisfying his long-standing interest in the history of New York.
His friends remember Kevin for his wit, intelligence, great conversations, brilliant research skills, and generosity in sharing his research and knowledge with them. His family remembers him for his kindness, easy laughter, and his love of family.
Now and then, we are blessed to find ourselves in the presence of someone with knowledge both broad and deep, who can hold forth effortlessly, on any topic - European or American history, 19th and 20th century politics, movies, music, New York City, the age of the Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles and military history.
Kevin traveled to Vermont every Thanksgiving to be with his sister Nell, her husband Christopher Ekman, nieces Emily and Isabel Ekman, and his nephew, Avery Ekman. He leaves that family behind.
His passing came too soon. We will miss him so.

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Published in New York Times from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2020.
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November 18, 2020
I only had the chance to meet Kevin in person once, the year before he passed away, to discuss our overlapping historical research interests. But between that, our email correspondence, and his published work, Kevin left a truly indelible impact on my life. My heart goes out to the loved ones who knew him better and whose feelings of loss must certainly be that much more severe.
Matthew Phelan
May 10, 2020
He is basically my scholar-hero. His book on F.P. Yockey is monumentally thorough and fascinating, one of my favorite nonfiction books, ever.
Anthony Mostrom
April 22, 2020
I live and work in Germany and I have never met Kevin personally. We communicated exclusively by e-mail - and through a few letters some years ago when Kevin sent me in an extraordinarily generous manner copies of materials which he collected during his archive research. Such obligingness among scientists is by no means a matter of course. All the more I appreciated it. My sympathy goes to his family and relatives.
April 13, 2020
It was my privilege and pleasure to have interviewed Kevin on many occasions about "Dreamer of the Day" and some wonderful articles for periodicals such as Jeffrey Bale's "Hitlist."

What a loss! I am stricken, though glad and proud to have preserved Kevin's work at my blog: You can listen to interviews and read lengthy transcriptions of his seminal, vital writing.

Just use the Search Function. Use quotation marks for keyword searches.

Rest in Peace, Kevin, and Thanks!
Dave Emory
March 25, 2020
My sincere condolence, prayers and love to Nell and family. I treasure the memories of visits with us cousins on 18th street and the trips to the Academy of Music. Kevin was so much fun and at times, mischievous (as were we all) but very much a part of the Morris-Coogan-Rogers/Williams-Flynn Family. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord and let the Perpetual Light shine upon him.
Kathleen Brinn-Williams
March 19, 2020
Kevin was a long time friend, generous, intense and funny. He had had a way to give you his full attention when he was communicating with you. I will miss his quirky ways, his humor and laugh and his unique independent spirit.
Uma Zykofsky
March 19, 2020
Kevin's premature death is a great loss, both to his relatives and friends and to the small community of scholarly researchers who specialize in the arcane subjects of political extremism and covert activities.
Jeffrey Bale
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