Passing of 1967 Citizen of the Year Recipient Herb Kohn

Stamford has lost an incredible man.  COTY committee members describe Herb Kohn, our Citizen of the Year for 1967, as kind, generous, funny, sharp as a tack, happy, wonderful…a class act, a mentor and a friend.  “Whenever you saw Herb, you felt blessed.”  For 53 years, Herb reigned as “The Dean of COTY alums.”  Always there, always with a smile, Herb was committed to service and to his community for his entire, extraordinary life.  We miss you and raise a glass to you, Herb.

Excerpts from the Stamford Advocate, Monday, February 19, 1968, article entitled

“250 Honor Kohn as JWV’s 1967 Citizen-of-Year”:

 

Herbert B. Kohn was described as a man “who accomplishes things,” and a man who is “involved in mankind,” as some 250 persons gathered Saturday night to honor him as Citizen-of-the-Year for 1967. Mr. Kohn, who recently was appointed by Mayor Bruno Giordano as Chairman of the Mayor’s Committee for Youth, was picked for the JWV honor by a committee of five…

Joseph F. Walton, head scout for the New York Giants football team and a personal friend of Mr. Kohn, said the recipient exhibited four qualities which make him deserving of the award:  his mental and physical discipline, his giving to the community, his courage, and his respect for himself and others.

Mr. Walton told the audience, “I hope you’re here because Herb Kohn is your friend, because no one deserves your friendship more than him.”

Besides being chairman of the Mayor’s Committee for Youth, Mr. Kohn is also a second-term president of the K.T. Murphy PTA, a member of the PTA council, president of the Twilight League, and a director of the Citizens Action Council.

The Rev. John R. Gonzales, pastor of Our Lady of Montserrat Spanish Chapel, said …“People are a community’s most valuable resource.” He said the honored man is one “who accomplishes things.”

“It is a great honor to praise a man who promotes inspiration instead of fear, who sets the pace instead of assigning duties, and who sees men as potential co-workers instead of competitors.”

Quoting lines from John Donne’s sonnet “No Man Is an Island” Father Gonzalez called Mr. Kohn a man “involved in mankind.”

Among his many civic activities Mr. Kohn (was) a member of the Stamford Community Council, the Citizens for Fair Urban Renewal, the New Hope Housing Committee, the Lights for Cubeta Stadium Committee, and the Stamford Lions Club.

Toastmaster Leslie Meyers, a salesman for Komar Furniture, Inc. introduced speaker Mayor Giordano, saying it was fitting that Mr. Kohn “be greeted from the top.”

The Mayor, speaking of his appointment of Mr. Kohn to the Citizens for Youth Committee, said, “I voted him to the committee as did all Stamford. Gratitude is not enough…”

Stamford has lost an incredible man.  COTY committee members describe Herb Kohn, our Citizen of the Year for 1967, as kind, generous, funny, sharp as a tack, happy, wonderful…a class act, a mentor and a friend.  “Whenever you saw Herb, you felt blessed.”  For 53 years, Herb reigned as “The Dean of COTY alums.”  Always there, always with a smile, Herb was committed to service and to his community for his entire, extraordinary life.  We miss you and raise a glass to you, Herb.

 

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