Julius Cohen, 88, formerly of Hays, Emporia and Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Sweet Life/Brookdale Place, Overland Park.

He was born July 12, 1926, in New York City. He completed his undergraduate degree at City College of New York. In 1949, he left New York City for St. Louis to attend graduate school in social work, where he met and later married his wife, Carolyn. He completed his master's degree in social work at the University of Kansas while working in Topeka at the Kansas Children's Service League.

During his professional career, he worked as a clinical social worker at Hertzler Clinic in Halstead and later at High Plains Mental Health Center in Hays, where he served as assistant director and director. During his time there, he was instrumental in expanding mental health services in northwest Kansas. While living in Hays, he attended Kansas State University, where he completed his goal of earning his Ph.D. After leaving Hays, he moved to Kearney, where he was director of the mental health center. Following retirement, he lived in Kansas City and Emporia. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping and sailing with his family, traveling with his wife, music, dancing and singing.

Survivors include four daughters, Sara Zaccaro and husband, Ed, Dubuque, Iowa, Claudia Diltz and husband, Lamar, Emporia, Catherine Cohen, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Karen Romero and husband, Tim, Overland Park; a sister, Doris Dubinsky and husband, Alvin, Amityville, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a niece; two nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn, in August 2014.

Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice at www.crossroadshospice.com.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com.