Reuben Cohen

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H. Reuben Cohen
3rd Chancellor of Dalhousie University
In office
Preceded byThe Lady Beaverbrook
Succeeded bySir Graham Day
Personal details
Born(1921-07-11)July 11, 1921
Moncton, New Brunswick
DiedOctober 24, 2014(2014-10-24) (aged 93)
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Spouse(s)Louise Cohen (born Glustein)(1951-1988, her death)
Astrid Cohen (née Lundrigan) (2012-2014, his death)
ChildrenDebra and Natalie
Residence(s)Moncton, New Brunswick
Alma materDalhousie University

H. Reuben Cohen, CC ONB QC (July 11, 1921 – October 24, 2014) was a Canadian businessman, lawyer, and the third Chancellor of Dalhousie University.

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University in 1942 and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Dalhousie Law School in 1944. He started a law practice in Moncton in 1945 and was created a Queen's Counsel in 1968.[1]

From 1990 to 1994, he was the third Chancellor of Dalhousie University.[2]

He is the founder of the Canadian trust company, Central Guaranty Trust Corporation. He published his autobiography, A time to tell: The public life of a private man (Key Porter Books, ISBN 1-55013-957-6), in 1998.

Reuben Cohen died on October 24, 2014, at the age of 93.[3]


In 1979, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for "more than thirty years to community endeavours, particularly as president of fund-raising campaigns for the new hospital and its modern neuro-surgical equipment". He was promoted to Officer in 1990 in recognition for having "continued to contribute to the Canadian economy and to devote time and energy to charitable endeavours in his community". In 2001, he was promoted to the highest level of the Order, Companion, for continuing "to work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of all citizens".[4]

He has received honorary degrees from Université de Moncton (1973), Acadia University (1983), St. Thomas University (1985), University of New Brunswick (1988) and Dalhousie University (1988).[4] The Université de Moncton art gallery is named the Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, in honour of Reuben Cohen and his wife Louise who were major donors.[5]

In 2004, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame.[6]

In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of New Brunswick "for his contributions to the advancement of academic excellence in Atlantic Canada and the success of social endeavors in his home community of Moncton".[7]


  1. ^ "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". University of Toronto Press.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Chancellors of Dalhousie". Dalhousie University.
  3. ^ "Reuben Cohen, Moncton philanthropist, dies at 93 - New Brunswick - CBC News". 5 November 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-11-05.
  4. ^ a b Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010
  5. ^ "The real life rags-to-riches story of lawyer Reuben Cohen".
  6. ^ "Our 2008 Laureates". New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2008-10-30.
  7. ^ "Order of New Brunswick recipients".
Academic offices
Preceded by Chancellor of Dalhousie University
1990 – 1994
Succeeded by