July 5, 2012
ATHENS-----Retired Judge Aaron Cohn, captain of the 1937 Georgia men's tennis team and past recipient of the Bill Hartman Award, died Wednesday in Columbus, Ga. Cohn was 95.
Cohn, who was UGA's oldest living tennis letterman, was a member of the Bulldogs' tennis team from 1935-37 and was the Columbus City men's tennis champion several times. A native of Columbus, Cohn was the oldest serving judge in America at the time of his retirement in September 2011. He entered the role of juvenile court judge in 1965.
Cohn was given the University of Georgia's distinguished alumni merit award and the distinguished service scroll from Georgia's school of law. The Regional Youth Detention Center in Columbus is named for Cohn, and in 1987 the American Criminal Justice Association honored him as recipient of the Julie Lathrop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the juvenile justice system.
Cohn volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1940, entering with the rank of 2nd Lt., and he left the Army in 1946 as a Lt. Col. Cohn was combat operations officer in Gen. George Patton's famed Third Army in four major campaigns: Northern Europe, Central Europe, the Ardennes and the Rhineland.
In 2005 Cohn received the Bill Hartman Award, which is given annually to a former Georgia athlete who has excelled in their profession after graduation.