PSP Alvin Cohn (Cincinnati, ’53) Enters Chapter Eternal

Past Supreme Prior  Alvin W. Cohn (Cincinnati, ’53) entered chapter eternal on the morning of Friday, January 7, 2022 at the age of 87. Please keep the entire Cohn family in your prayers. 

Information about services and his obituary is available online:

Services are scheduled for Thursday, January 20th at 10 am at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.

In addition to the content in his obituary, Fra Cohn had helped launch Sigma Alpha Mu’s annual leadership conference and served as its chairman for 25 years. He served as Supreme Prior from 1973-1976, an Endowment Fund Trustee (1988-2002), and a Foundation Director. For his exemplary service, he was recognized with our Distinguished Service Award. We have been fortunate to benefit from his philanthropic support of Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation’s Alvin W. Cohn Leadership Development Fund, in which he remained in regular contact with the headquarters about funding leadership development programming efforts. 

Past Supreme Prior Howard Miller shared, “Alvin was one of the smart, hardworking, and kind guys in the fraternity. He didn’t always aspire to the next position but focused on doing good work. When he retired to Baltimore we had lunch a few times and we got to maintain our friendship. He was a really good guy.”

Executive Director Andy Huston shared, “In a conversation I had with Alvin this past September, he requested copies of articles that he had written for the 100th of Sigma Alpha Mu and the 50th anniversary of the Leadership Conference. He was delighted to receive them and I believe would be happy that they are being circulated more widely once again.” 

Alvin had more than 42 years of academic and professional experience in the field of criminal justice administration and criminology. Authored/co-authored six books, published sixty journal articles and monographs, author of five correspondence courses. He was named the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award by the Indiana University School of Social Work. 

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Sigma Alpha Mu was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York as a fraternity of Jewish men; the organization has been open to all men of good moral character since 1953. Sigma Alpha Mu’s vision is to be the first choice of collegians seeking a forward-thinking, inclusive fraternity which enhances the university experience and prepares the fraternity member for a fulfilling life. With its International Headquarters located in Indianapolis, IN, the fraternity currently has 46 collegiate chapters and over 59,000 living alumni.