It is with much sadness that I share the following message received today from Sheldon Cohen:
My Dad, Gus Cohen, played for Lone Star at Albright. Gus passed away last Tuesday evening, May 27, 2008, at 7:15 P.M. very quietly after having been completely crippled by 2 strokes in February, 2005. Gus was an All-East and 2nd or 3rd team All-American in 1939-1940 and later signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL. He was a member of the PA/Berks Sports Hall of Fame and won a Silver Star and multiple Bronze Stars in WWII. He was a devoted alum who was President of the Varsity Club at Albright and recruited a number of student-athletes over the years. Most recently, he had endowed the Gus Cohen Class of 1940 scholarship fund at Albright.
Having become fatherless at 6, Lone Star became Gus’s second father.
One of the things I learned when talking with Lone Star’s former players at Albright College was that he was a disciplinarian in a good way and made an impact on the young men in his charge. Below is a scan of Gus’s photo from a friend’s senior yearbook.