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Charlotte Smith Cohen

Charlotte Smith Cohen, American brokerage firm owner, executive. First woman-owner full service brokerage firm in the United States; created Charlotte S. Cohen Scholarship annual award St. Louis University, since 1980. Named Distinguished Volunteer Young Women’s Christian Association Metro St. Louis, 1981; recipient commendation by President Carter, 1980.

Background

  • Cohen, Charlotte Smith was born on February 1, 1933 in St. Louis. Daughter of Aaron Judge and Ida (Levin) Smith.

  • Education

    • AB, Harris Teachers College, St. Louis, 1953. Master of Arts, Washington University, 1958. Postgraduate, St. Louis University, 1980.

    Career

    • Teacher Hempstead School, St. Louis, 1948-1949, Pattonville High School, St. Louis, 1954-1955. Script writer and producer St. Louis University, 1955-1957. Investment broker Albert Gallatin Edwards and Company, St. Louis, 1957-1964, I.M. Simon & Company, St. Louis, 1964-1973.

      President Charlotte S. Cohen & Company, Inc. and subsidiary, since 1973. Member national advisory council Small Business Administration, Washington, 1978-1980, White House Conference on Small Business in the United States, 1980. Board directors St. Louis University President's Advisory Council, since 1984.

      Lecturer Webster College, Washington University, St. Louis University, others.

    Major achievements

    • First woman-owner full service brokerage firm in the United States. Created Charlotte S. Cohen Scholarship annual award St. Louis University, since 1980.

    Works

    • Contributor various articles on finance to newspapers and popular magazines. Author and narrator KWMU Radio Station weekly presentation It Pays to Know, 1987-1988. Guest and moderator several television shows, including Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser.

    Membership

    Trustee Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center, St. Louis, since 1987. Member Purebred Animal Rescue, St. Louis, 1987-1988. Board directors Missouri Concert Ballet, since 1982, Young Women’s Christian Association Metro St. Louis, 1978-1981.

    Member Boston Stock Exchange, National Association Securities Dealers (registered principal), Municipal Bond Traders Association, St. Louis Forum (executive woman), National Association Business Woman Owners.

    Connections

    • Married; 1 son, Ian Neal.
    • father: Aaron Judge Smith
    • mother: Ida (Levin) Smith
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    Born February 1, 1933
    Nationality
    • 1953
      Harris Teachers College
    • 1958
      Washington University
    • 1980
      St. Louis University
    • 1948 - 1949
      Teacher, Hempstead School
    • 1954 - 1955
      Teacher, Hempstead School
    • 1955 - 1957
      script writer, and producer St. Louis University
    • 1957 - 1964
      investment broker, A.G. Edwards and Company
    • 1964 - 1973
      investment broker, A.G. Edwards and Company
    • 1973
      president, Charlotte S. Cohen & Company
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