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In Memoriam: Victor H. Cohn PhD ’61

George Washington University (GW) Professor Emeritus Victor H. Cohn, PhD ’61, passed away March 15 at the age of 88. Cohn served as a professor in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Pharmacology and Physiology for 33 years before retiring in 1994.

During his tenure, Cohn served as both vice chair and acting chair of the department. He was a biomedical researcher who studied antimalarial drugs, histamine, and drug metabolism. He was co-author of a chapter in the highly rated Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics textbook for more than a decade. He also studied contamination of water supplies and even explored the effects of cigarette smoking and the response to drugs.

Cohn earned his doctorate in biochemistry from GW in 1961. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from the GW Faculty Senate citing “recognition of his continuing strong vocal support of faculty rights.”