(Photo: The Lion's Roar Yearbook, 1966 edition)
(Reference: Published in The Brattleboro Reformer,
Tuesday, 20 June 2006)
BRATTLEBORO -- Dr. Benjamin Kotkov, 96, of Brattleboro died peacefully on Sunday, June 18, 2006, at Eden Park Nursing Home.
He was born on April 8, 1910, the son of Moses and Annie (Hopner) Kotkov in Hyde Park, Mass.
Dr. Kotkov was a licensed psychologist in private practice and dedicated himself to his field for over 60 years.
In recognition of his many accomplishments, in 1979 he became the recipient of a Medallion from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and was on its editorial staff.
He attended college at Cornell University, and while there won a trophy for more than 500 miles of walking, and received his master's degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Ottawa University in Ontario, Canada, in one year.
Among other jobs he served as chief of the Nerve Clinic at the New England Medical Center in Boston, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army for four years as a psychologist in Europe in World War II.
He came to Brattleboro in 1956 to head the Child Guidance Clinic at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He was a professor at Windham College from 1964 to 1976.
He was recognized as a diplomate by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the American Board Disability Consultants, and others.
Dr. Kotkov has contributed numerous articles to professional journals such as the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Journal of Psychology, the Delaware State Medical Journal, and the International Journal of Group Therapy to name a few.
He was inducted into the World Who's Who Hall of Fame for his many achievements.
In January 1941, he was married to Sarah "Sally" Levine, who survives him.
He was the rabbi of the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for several years, was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a founding member and three-time past president of the Brattleboro Lions Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Frank Kotkov and his wife Sarah of Guilford and Ralph Kotkov and his wife Fran; and a granddaughter, Gabrielle Kotkov, all of New York City; a brother, Fred Kotkov of Los Angeles; a nephew Leigh Kotkov; and a niece, Arlene Kotkov.
Funeral services for Dr. Kotkov will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Synagogue in Brattleboro with Rabbi Jim Levenson officiating.
Burial will follow on Friday, June 23, at the Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Mass., at 12:45 p.m. There are to be no calling hours at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brattleboro Area Lions Club, c/o Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, P.O. Box 2353, West Brattleboro, VT 05303.