"A Friend of the Race," Has Gone
An Unsigned Commentary
[Reprinted from the Henry George News, July, 1960]
As vice president, and long a member of the board of trustees of the
Henry George School, Ezra Cohen devoted his life to the establishment
of freedom and justice for all mankind. To this he gave the fullest
measure of his strength and sincerity. He was a man of principle and
integrity - an unfailing source of wise counsel and encouragement. The
personal affection in which he was held by fellow trustees, faculty
members and hundreds of students, was boundless. Death came on June
13th after a brief illness.
In a service of great beauty at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New
York, where he had been for years the leader of the congregation, it
was said of Mr. Cohen that he was compassionate, righteous and loving
- a sweet person, a tender man, a versatile man and a gentle man.
He loved the cause of his congregation and of the Henry George
School, for he loved to serve his fellow man. Mrs. Cohen graciously
affirming her husband's interest, requested that floral tributes be
omitted at the funeral in favor of contributions to the work of the
Henry George School.
Ezra Cohen, at the early age of six, was introduced to the philosophy
of Henry George by his father. As a result of a lifelong conviction,
many now active in the movement are what they are by grace of his 20
years on the faculty of the Henry George School.
"He wrote a glorious biography across God's sky," his rabbi
said, "and has now found that great fraternity to whom we can all
turn for moments of inspiration. May his memory continue to bless us."