Arnold Cogan (b. 1932)

Arnold Maurice Cogan was born on December 3, 1932 in Bath, Maine; he was the fourth of six children. His parents moved the family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1948, where he attended Grant High School. Arnold went on to study engineering at Oregon State University, where he met and married his wife Elaine (nee Rosenberg) in 1952. Arnold and Elaine joined Congregation Neveh Shalom, and eventually Elaine, Arnold, and Arnold’s brother Jerry each served terms as presidents of the congregation. Arnold and Elaine had three children.

Arnold was drafted into the United Sates Army for two years in 1956; he served stateside. Upon his return to Portland, he briefly worked in engineering, and then went into the City Planning Program, where the famous Pioneer Square was one of his projects, as were the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Swan Island Industrial Park. Arnold was a member of Governor Tom McCall’s executive staff, the first director of the state Land Conservation and Development Commission, and in 1975, Elaine and Arnold founded Cogan Owen Cogan, a land use consulting firm.   

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