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Sad news from Betsy Cohn, daughter of Lee Cohn
Leon "Lee" Cohn, news reporter and editor, dies at 82
Leon "Lee" Cohn passed away on March 19, 2012, at the Washington Home's hospice from complications due to Lymphoma. His family, including his three children, was by his side. Lee's passion for journalism became evident as early as grade school, when he and his friend produced a school newspaper, and never ebbed. He was a distinguished editor of his high school paper and of the Syracuse Daily Orange and upon college graduation became the one-man editorial staff for West Virginia's weekly, the Clarksburg News. His career took root as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and for the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal and as editor of Reporting on Governments and associate editor of the Kiplinger Washington Letter, his last job, which he held for 12 years before retiring in 1992. By far his favorite job, though, was reporter and news analyst on the national staff of the Washington Star, where he covered the economy from 1957-1979. He thrived on the energy of the newsroom and the comradery of the staff and took pleasure in translating complex economic and political concepts into layperson terms—but always thoroughly and accurately. As a retiree, he continued in that vein, submitting letters to the editor and writing the occasional article.
Lee was active throughout his retirement, becoming an avid theater-goer, trying his hand at creative writing, and traveling. His last trip abroad in May 2011 was to Paris and Tuscany, a trip that he shared with his daughter and that he approached with zeal—even climbing to the top of Notre Dame. His wife of 51 years, Mary W. Cohn, whom he cared for faithfully and lovingly through many years of Alzheimer's, died in 2010.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 in the common room off the lobby of the Broadmoor, 3601 Connecticut Ave., NW. All are welcome.
quote: Jim chalked it up to experience and went on to work his first real job as a Copy Editor with The Washington Star in Washington D.C. At The Star is where Dick Slay gave Jim his first golf assignment and designated him as the person that the professionals would call their information into when Slay wasn't available.
Faye Haskins has now retired and the new photo librarian for the Star photo morgue in the MLK Public Library in D.C. is Mark Greek at email@example.com
The Post deposited the "Star collection" at the Library-- clips, photo morgue, papers/records, etc. they purchased when the Star closed. More info is at our website: http://www.dclibrary.org/node/2607. The Post retains copyright to the photos but thru an agreement between DCPL & thePost, we/I handle all licensing & reproductions. We also have all editions of the Star on microfilm in our main reading room."