Dr. Sheldon & Virginia Cohen*

Dr. Sheldon & Virginia Cohen*

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Dr. Sheldon & Virginia  Cohen*

Dr. Sheldon Cohen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Cohen joined Washburn in 1960 as an instructor in the chemistry department and was promoted to full professor in 1968. He served as the chair of the chemistry department from 1967 to 1982. From 1982 to 1984 he served as provost and academic vice president and, in 1991, was named executive director of institutional planning. During his career, Cohen published more than 60 professional articles.

Cohen met his wife, Virginia, while both were teaching in the chemistry and biology departments, respectfully. Virginia earned a bachelor's degree from Radford University and a master's degree in genetics from Ohio State University. Sheldon and Virginia Cohen invested more than 40 years with Washburn. Virginia taught for several years before leaving to raise their children full-time. Her support of Washburn continued through Sheldon's employment as professor and later provost and academic vice president.  Sheldon retired from Washburn University in 1999, but continued to teach as an adjunct instructor. 
                                                                                                                                                    
The Cohens established a scholarship fund to benefit Washburn's chemistry and biology departments and student scholarships.