Saul B. Cohen, Who Helped Raise CUNY Standards, Dies at 95


Saul B. Cohen, who helped restore higher academic standards at the City University of New York as president of Queens College and as a member of the state Board of Regents and revitalized his own field of political geography, died on June 9 at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 95.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Miriam F. Cohen.

After a contentious selection process ended with his appointment to lead Queens College in 1978, Dr. Cohen began upgrading the college’s departments of education and music to full-fledged schools. He began construction of a science building and a library on the campus, in the Flushing section of Queens; created a law school; extended master’s degree programs into 25 fields; and, in collaboration with the Board of Education, re-established Townsend Harris High School, which had been affiliated with City College when Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia closed it in 1942 after complaints that it was too elite.

Dr. Cohen also…

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