Robert Alan Cohan
Sept. 26, 1956-June 3, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Robert “Bob” Alan Cohan was born in Brooklyn. Growing up in Rockaway Beach, Bob worked as a lifeguard and earned the title “Surfer Bob” for his love of the ocean. Others knew him as “Bullet” for his love of speeding downhill on his skateboard.
Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from State University of New York at Oneonta in 1979, and went on to forge an impressive 30-year career in the oil and gas industry, starting with Western Geophysical on a seismic crew in the Rockies and then with a reservoir engineering consulting firm in Denver, H.K. Van Poollen and Associates.
After working at other independent oil and gas companies, Bob ended up at Aspen Exploration Corporation where he would eventually rise to president and CFO after 17 years. Bob was known in the industry for his outstanding honesty, discipline, fun-loving nature, and perhaps most of all, a high strike rate.
After meeting his wife on a blind date in Denver, Bob moved to Bakersfield with his family. While living in Bakersfield, Bob became deeply involved in the Relay for Life, earning the title of top individual fundraiser multiple years.
He loved collecting shark teeth, many of which came from Shark Tooth Hill in Kern County. He also loved running (he ran five marathons during his life), hiking, collecting sea shells, the Grateful Dead (especially Wharf Rat!), and his friends and family.
Bob was involved in Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and the Kern Valley Hiking Club. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
If you knew Bob, chances are he gave you a nickname or two. Even after suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 31 and a massive stroke in 2008, Bob never lost his lust for life and enjoyed every day up until the very end. No matter the day, life was great!
In the end, Bob passed away doing what he loved — walking his five miles a day.
Bob is survived by Kristy Cohan, his wife of 30 years; and his two sons, Cody and West.
Donations can be made to the Kern County Valley Caregiver Support Group in Bob’s memory.
Per his wishes, a private service will be held at a later date.
He will be dearly missed.