Wallace J. Cohen

Civil Engineer

Wallace J. Cohen, 68, a retired civil engineer with the D.C. Department of Public Works, died of a heart attack Aug. 7 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He lived in Bowie for more than 30 years before moving to Annapolis in 1999.

Mr. Cohen was born in the District and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1954. He attended the University of Maryland and received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in the 1970s.

He joined the D. C. Department of Transportation, now the Department of Public Works, in 1960 and retired in 1991 as deputy administrator of policy and planning.

After his retirement, he worked briefly in Annapolis as a computer programmer for Lear Siegler Services Inc.

Mr. Cohen was an active member of Temple Solel in Bowie. A board member for more than 20 years, he also served as board president. He had served as president of the PTA at Springhill Elementary School in Bowie, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairman of the Advisory Planning Board of Greenbelt. The Greenbelt Jaycees named him Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1967.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Joan Cohen of Annapolis; a daughter, Robin Hall of Riva; a son, Jay Cohen of Severn; a sister, Joyce Kramer of Potomac; a brother, Alan Cohen of Alexandria; and three grandsons.