A.J. Cohen, Jr.
Business Owner, Retired
Class of 1941
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
A.J. Cohen, Jr. is a native of Savannah. He attended Savannah High School and went on to study at Armstrong Junior College. During his time at Armstrong, he studied with Stacy Keach and was involved with Keach’s Savannah Playhouse, which, at the time, was the only theater company in Savannah. Mr. Cohen was very involved in campus life, serving as the Business Manager for the Geechee yearbook, Vice President of the Theatre Board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the men’s fencing team and served as coach of the women’s team. He was also selected as one of five “Outstanding Sophomores.”
After graduating in 1941, his life took an unexpected turn with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Army and served overseas with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He became a Lieutenant and served with the Air Force during the Korean War.
Mr. Cohen's active involvement in Savannah's Jewish Community is highlighted by his co-founding of the historical archives at Mickve Israel, where he also served as a board member. As the former owner and restorer of the Sorrels-Weed home on Madison Square, he is well-respected as a historic preservation activist. He has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah for 60 years, and has been designated a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Cohen and his wife Kelly owned and operated the well-known women's apparel store, Lady Jane, in Savannah for 49 years, prior to retiring in 1991. They have three sons and a daughter and several grandchildren.