“Public relations and marketing veteran Lois Cohn died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 80; her death was confirmed by her longtime friend and concert companion, Barry O’Neal,” writes Susan Elliott on Sunday (1/15) at MusicalAmerica.com (subscription required). “Lois Cohn was born on April 15, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY…. She was raised in Montevallo [Alabama] and attended the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, graduating with a BS degree in education. Her first major professional association in the classical music business was with the 92nd St. Y. In 1984 she was named director of marketing and public affairs at Carnegie Hall…. That same year she was hired by Deborah Borda to become director of marketing and public relations for the New York Philharmonic and its 150th-anniversary activities. [In 2000] she launched her own firm with former 92nd St. Y colleague Helene Davis to form Cohn Davis Associates, specializing in entertainment and the arts. Five years later, Ms. Cohn formed a partnership with Dan Dutcher, to launch Cohn Dutcher Associates. Most recently she had her own firm, Lois Cohn Associates. Ms. Cohn was the widow of composer, conductor, and author Arthur Cohn, who died in 1998 at the age of 87.”

Posted January 17, 2017