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Real Estate​ Appraiser M. Richard Cohen Dies at Age 70

May 21, 2009
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M. Richard Cohen, 70, a real estate appraiser, died April 20 at his home in Center City.

Born in Philadelphia, Cohen graduated from Cheltenham High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School.

From 1962 to 1964, Cohen was a development officer with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. and, until 1969, was an appraiser with the Albert M. Greenfield Co. He then worked for Bernard Meltzer, the Evening Bulletin columnist and radio-show host.

From 1984 until he retired in 2000, Cohen ran M. Richard Cohen Real Estate, a Center City appraisal firm.

Through the 1980s he appraised condominiums in Palm Springs, Calif., and historic facades in New Orleans and Charleston, S.C.

In the early 1970s, Cohen was president of the professional engineering alumni society at Penn, and in the 1970s and 1980s he taught in the evening division of Wharton.

He was a board member of the YMHA, the Society Hill Synagogue and the Allens Lane Art Center in West Mount Airy, where he acted in two plays.

Cohen is survived by his wife of 45 years, Polly Cohen; daughter Meg Ragas; sons S. Michael Cohen and Peter Cohen; and four granddaughters.

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