Legendary PR man Bob Cohn, who launched Cohn & Wolfe with Norman Wolfe in 1971, died in Tuscaloosa on July 4. He was 88.
Atlanta-based C&W emerged as a consumer products & sports powerhouse, serving blue-chip clients such as Coca-Cola, FedEx and Chick-fil-A.
Young & Rubicam acquired the firm and merged it with Burson-Marsteller. C&W exists today as BCW Global, which is a unit of WPP.
Brooklyn-born Cohn served in the Air Force and enrolled at the University of Alabama via the GI Bill.
He became editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Crimson White and took a reporter job at the Montgomery Advertiser following graduation.
As a journalist, Cohn covered the Civil Rights Movement and served as Atlanta bureau chief for a number of Georgia newspapers.
In 2021, Cohn and wife, June, moved to a senior living facility at the University of Alabama campus.
A celebration of Cohn’s life is slated for August 5 in Barge Commons at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Donations may be made in Cohn’s name to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.