Arthur Cohen Set The Standard For Copper Standards

November 11, 2004


Arthur Cohen, 73, died November 10 after a brief illness in Albuquerque, N.M. Cohen retired from the Copper Development Association Inc. in 1997 after serving 30 years as manager of standards and safety engineering. He was instrumental in the development of the Standard Designation System for Wrought and Cast Copper Alloys.

CDA President Andy Kireta Sr. said, "Art was a giant force in the copper industry, particularly regarding standards development, corrosion analysis, and technical assistance to developers of product applications. Throughout his career and even after retirement, he freely gave of his depth of knowledge and experience to all those who could benefit. He'll be sorely missed as an industry contributor and a good friend."

In addition to his work at CDA, Cohen was 1996 chairman of the ASTM International Board of Directors following eight years as an officer and member of the Board. He devoted 30 years of service to ASTM's Committee B-5 on copper and copper alloys and held positions of sub-secretary, secretary and first vice-chairman.

Cohen was vice president-standardization of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), the American Society for Materials (ASM), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the American Foundrymen's Society (AFS) and the National Safety Council.

His many awards include the Leo B. Moore Medal, the highest award of the Standards Engineering Society. He was also recognized with ASTM's Award of Merit as well as its Committee B-5, Copper Club, Special Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards. James A. Thomas, ASTM president said, "For more than four decades, Art was a strong contributor to ASTM International in his dedication to voluntary standards development and in his leadership at the Board level."

Cohen was a regular contributor to ASTM Standardization News and the NACE Journal and many other trade publications. He authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in technical publications on a variety of subjects, including the chapters on copper and copper-base alloys for many of the major references of the metals industry.

Before joining CDA in 1967, Cohen was supervisor of metallurgy for the Carrier Corporation, a metallurgical process engineer for Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company Ltd. and a mill metallurgist for Dominion Engineering Works in Lachine, Quebec.

Cohen earned an M.S. in Metallurgy from Syracuse University, a B.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University and a B.S. in Honors Chemistry from Sir George Williams University (Concordia University), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Cohen was an avid photographer, a classical opera aficionado, and a tireless teacher and leader at his synagogue.