Sally Cohn (b. 1934)

Sally Cohn was born on September 26, 1934 in Portland, Oregon. Her parents Henry and Helen, lived in Heppner, Oregon, where Henry ran first a Dodge dealership and later raised sheep. Henry was the great grandnephew of Henry Heppner, for whom the town is named. Her grandparent’s came from the Posen area of Germany and came to Oregon via California after the gold rush. 

Although the Cohn family was originally Jewish, Sally and her brother Philip (named for their grandfather Philip Cohn) were raised Episcopalian by their mother. The only Jews that Sally knew were her father’s sister, Elinor and her husband Ted Shank. Coincidentally, Ted Shank's brother was also married to an Eleanore. Family and friends in Coos Bay, Oregon recall having to ask which of the Mrs. Shanks one was referring to when either of the women were spoken of by their first name. 

Sally left Eastern Oregon in high school to attend St. Helen’s Hall (now Oregon Episcopal School). She attended Lewis and Clark College and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in history. After a brief period of working in New York as a social worker, she returned to Oregon and lived most of her life in the Albina neighborhood.

After her mother died Sally joined the Catholic Church (her mother had been very opposed to this throughout her life).