Stuart Allen Cohen
March 19, 1942-January 4, 2013
Stuart Allen Cohen, 70, passed away January 4, 2013 in Seattle, Washington after a protracted battle with cancer. Born March 19, 1942 in New York City, NY to Louis L. and Esther Cohen, Stuart grew up in the borough of Queens.
With his love of all things technical, Stuart began working part-time during high school at a local television station in New York. He graduated from New York University in 1965 with bachelors in Electrical Engineering (BEE). After graduation Stuart began his career as an engineer as a civilian contractor at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland, working on the radar systems to improve aircraft landing abilities on carriers. Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, next recruited Stuart in 1966, to work on Doppler radar for the unmanned lunar Surveyor program for NASA. He was also a part of the Mariner Program in the early 1970s. In 1974, Stuart returned to his first technical roots when he began a twenty-year career with the ABC-TV network in Los Angeles, CA. During his tenure at ABC, Stuart received an EMMY for his engineering work for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. After retiring from ABC, Stuart moved to Portland, OR to work for KPDX-49 as chief engineer. Stuart completed his working career as Senior Technical Editor for the American Radio Relay League's magazine QST in Newington, Connecticut from 2002-2005.
Licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1954, Stuart maintained his license the rest of his life. He loved operating CW (Morse code) and had made contacts with operators in over 150 other countries. His "ham" radio station included a modern station alongside several "vintage" equipment stations.
Aside from his love of radio, Stuart was an avid collector of all items of technology – early phonographs, cameras, telephones, clocks, and technical books to name just a few. Understanding the items and their historical context was just as important as owning the items. Stuart and his wife loved traveling, baseball, and antiquing – the search was just as much fun as the find. In his "spare time" Stuart loved model railroading, building a large O gauge train layout in his basement, that he enjoyed running at all hours; especially to the delight of his grandchildren.
Stuart is survived by his wife Susan, children Peter (Callie), Laurie Yoo (Thomas), and Greg. Stepchildren Michaelynn Richardson (Chance), Danielle Toma, David Kirby, and Nicole Howes (Jason). Ten grandchildren – Maddie, Tallie, Amelia, David, Tyler, Noah, Braeden, Emma, Annabelle, and Mia. Mother-in-law Gloria Gleaves.
The family asks that remembrances be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA for esophageal cancer research.
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