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Claude S. Cohen, BGE executive

Claude S. Cohen, former director of real estate for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and an avid golfer, died Dec. 13 of a heart attack at his Turf Valley home. He was 81.

Claude Samuel Cohen, the son of an iceman and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Mulberry Street.

He was a 1950 graduate of Forest Park High School, where he had played varsity football and baseball, and in 1969 earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Cohen played professional baseball for the Rocky Mount Leafs, a Washington Senators farm team.

In 1956, he went to work for BGE, where he was director of real estate until his retirement in 1994.

He continued his professional education through a collaborative program with Constellation Enterprises and the Johns Hopkins University.

The former Woodlawn and Ellicott City resident, who had lived at Turf Valley for the past decade, enjoyed golfing with a group of friends who called themselves "The Dirty Dozen."

Mr. Cohen, a Ravens and Orioles fan, had coached Baltimore County youth baseball and softball teams.

His wife of 46 years, the former Catherine Margaret "Peggy" Pless, died in 1998.

Mr. Cohen had been a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City, the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

He was a member of Immanuel Church in Silver Spring.

Services were held Monday at Loudon Park Funeral Home.

Surviving are his wife of eight years, the former Anna Brocato; a son, Steven Cohen of Clarksville; a daughter, Laurie Szoke of Chesapeake, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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