Memorial services will take place July 25 for Bud Cohen, who died July 20, 2004, at his home in Round Hill, Nev. He was 76.
Bud was born July 5, 1928, at Benton Harbor, Mich., where he graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1946. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Colorado College at Colorado Springs, Colo., and a master’s degree in thermodynamics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Bud spent 40 years as a project engineer and worked on many space programs including Apollo, which assisted putting Neal Armstrong on the moon. He was an engineer with Boeing in Southern California and with NASA at Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1974 he was chief electrical engineer during the construction of USPS Bulk Mail Center at Richmond, Calif. He was the owner and supervising engineer for BudRho Energy Systems, Inc. at Alameda from 1978 to 1989 and designed and installed fuel storage facilities for major petroleum corporations in Northern and Central California. He worked at the Naval Aviation Depot at Alameda, Calif., from 1985 to 1995, where he developed and implemented an annual steam trap inspection and replacement program, which saved more than $200,000 in stream costs per year. He also designed and administered the conversion of a three-building complex from steam to gas-fire heating, creating a 100 percent payback in less than 18 months. He was the recipient of several awards including the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy and Water Management Award in 1995. The award was given for saving more than $1,500,000 in energy costs at the Alameda Naval Aviation Depot during the entire 1994 fiscal year.
Following his retirement, Bud moved to Zephyr Cove, where he had resided for the past 10 years and served nine years on the Tahoe Ridge board of directors. He loved cruising and took eight different cruises to Europe. He enjoyed collecting stamps and was a member of the American Philatelist Society. He was also an avid reader. He had a twinkle in his eye and his quick wit and ready jokes could always bring a smile or chuckle. He had a melodious voice and sang cute little ditties, but gave respect and credence to the sacred Jewish prayers he sang in Hebrew. Bud was a loving husband and father and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie Cohen of Round Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Julie Cohen of Murietta, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Terry Teresi of San Leandro, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Dick Jarvis of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; and cousins, Buffy and Lynn Majestic and Richard Peel; and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Rhoda Cohen.
Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. July 25 at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich officiating. Private family inurnment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Barton Memorial Hospital – Hospice of the Lake, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 500, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.