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12/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Elmer Cogan

Elmer Lyttleton Cogan
(02 Jan 1927 - 22 Nov 2008)

Newport News High School Faculty Member, 1951-1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
 
  
We have another sad - if somewhat belated - edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning. 
 Elmer Cogan, former band director at Newport News High School, passed away in San Diego, California on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the age of 81.


    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/05/08 - "Elmer Cogan":

Hi Carol,
 
I don't know if anyone else has pointed this out to you, but the man in this obituary, Elmer Cogan, was the Band Director at NNHS for the 1951-52 school year. (http://www.legacy.com/dailypress/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=120923034)
 
He succeeded    Eleanor Sherman, who had directed the band from about 1932 or 1933. She was the Band Director for my Mouse and Freshman years. Then, Mr. Cogan came for my Sophomore year. Then, Mr. Warner came for my Junior Year, and then   Mr. Leonard Zimet came for my Senior year. I was in the Senior Band for 4 years and had 4 different teachers. Not many can make that claim.
 
As for Mr. Cogan, I really liked him, and, as you can see from the attached report card, he must have like me too. For performances, he always dressed in a beautiful white band uniform with gold trim, and he was an inspiration to all of us.
 
R.I.P., Mr. Cogan,
 
Thanks,
Bill Campbell
Williamsburg, VA
Class of 1954
 
 
 

   Thank you, Bill.  I had read the obituary, but not made the connection.  Nice report card!


From the Daily Press - 12/05/08:

           Elmer Lyttleton Cogan
 
 
  SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Elmer Lyttleton Cogan, 81, a longtime resident of Newport News, died on Nov. 22, 2008, in San Diego, Calif., of natural causes.

Mr. Cogan was born on Jan. 2, 1927, in Charlottesville, Va., to Elsie Mary Butcher and Elmer Lyttleton Cogan Sr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his one brother, Kenneth Woodrow Cogan.

He attended the University of Missouri where he received his BA in Education and continued at the University of Arizona where he received his Masters in Education.

Mr. Cogan taught both Music and Mathematics at the secondary level for 35 years. In addition, he conducted choral groups in Illinois and Massachusetts.

Mr. Cogan was married to Linda Lou Cogan (deceased), and, later to Barbara Cogan (deceased).

He is survived by two children, Charles Cogan of Wichita, Kansas, and Mark Cogan of San Diego, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

A private ceremony was held on Nov. 25, 2008, in San Diego in remembrance and celebration of Mr. Cogan's life. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from 12/04/2008 to 12/05/08.
Guest Book


Friday, December 05, 2008

I was so sad to learn that Elmer had passed away. It was always such a treat for him to spend time with my family during the holidays. I will always cherish the times that we played our violins together. He was such a dear and I will miss him.
Patsy Martin, Newport News, Virginia

Friday, December 05, 2008

Elmer was a sweet, sweet man. I'm so sad to hear that he has passed on. Elmer will always have a special place in my heart and in the hearts of many. He attended our church, Bay Rivers Community Church, for several years and we were blessed to have his friendship. I feel he is in Heaven now which I hope gives you comfort. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Jim Martin, Newport News, Virginia


 

 

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Cogan's family, friends, and former students family at this time.


   This information is also posted here:

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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He Leadeth Me

Words by Joseph H. Gilmore, 1861

Music by William B. Bradbury 
 

He leadeth me, O blessed thought,
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes 'mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,
By waters still, o'er troubled sea,
Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur or repine,
Content with whatever lot I see,
Since 'tis my God that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When, by Thy grace the vic'try's won,
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.


"He Leadeth Me" midi (sequenced in 1999 by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/ht0068_.htm - 07/07/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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