Howard Cohn (b. 1927)

Howard Cohn was born in Portland on May 25, 1927, as was his father Sol. The family immigrated from the Russian/Polish border at the beginning of the 20th Century. The family lived on Portland’s east side and attended Temple Beth Israel. Howard grew up at the Jewish Community Center, serving on the board of the boys’ club AZA. He attended Washington High School, leaving when he was 17 to join the Navy. When the Second World War ended he went to the University of Washington and graduated from the University of Portland. Howard’s father and uncles owned Cohn Brothers Furniture in Portland, where Howard and his cousins worked until Howard branched out on his own and opened Howard’s Furniture in Oregon City. After a 40 year career in the retail furniture business he began another career running estate sales. Howard married Barbara Schnitzer in 1956. They had one daughter and two grandsons.