Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sandra Wynona Cohen - Bio

By Dave Asomaning, Ph.D.


I was born at Booth Memorial Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 17, 1935.

At 20 months old, I went to live with a foster family, John and Cora Humphrey and their three sons, Jack, Bill, Dick and numerous other foster children. The main reason for this was that my mother was employed as a nurse, and this seemed to be the best means of child care at that time. I was their only child, but had several half siblings resulting from my father’s previous marriage.

I graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1953. I attended The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University in 1957 with a BA in History and a minor in French and BSc. in Ed. Some of my extracurricular activities? Scots band, religious group.

After college? I moved to New Haven, CT, on the east coast, and married Edwin A.J. Asomaning in 1958. Our wedding was at the Yale Divinity School.

During this time, I worked in the reference department of the New Haven Public Library.

The next main adventure of life? I traveled to the UK with my husband and son, David, and then to Ghana, West Africa.

The highlights of my life there? We had two daughters, Susan and Margaret, I taught in two different secondary schools, Ofori Panin and Koforidua Secondary School, over the course of 16 years. 

We lived, and my husband worked at, and then led, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana; our social life was organized around the so-called “club life,” involving numerous expatriates from around the world.

The next major phase of my life after Ghana? I returned to the US in 1977, enrolled my daughters in school and looked for work. I settled in Columbus, Ohio with the help of Steve and Liz Mintos. My son was preparing to come to the States to attend college.
Eventually I got a job with the Columbus school board.

The next phase of my life? When my daughters had both left for college, I joined my mother in Florida and got a job as a teacher with the St Lucie County School Board. I began to attend Fort Pierce Congregational Church, and married my second husband Henry Cohen.

Father: David Feldman, born in Czechoslovakia, November 4, 1884, immigrated to the US in1924.

Mother: Sarah Agnes Foster Feldman, born in Clyde, Ohio, September 10, 1909.

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