02/09/2012 5:40PM

Robert Cohen, owner, dead


Robert B. Cohen, the former president of the Hudson News chain of retail outlets and the owner of a string of New York-based horses, died on Feb. 1 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., of progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder. He was 86.

Cohen had several horses in training with Heriberto Cedano at the time of his death. His most well-known horse, Hudson County – which shared the name of the company Cohen headed before launching the Hudson News outlets – finished second in the 1974 Kentucky Derby to Cannonade.

A native of New Jersey, Cohen’s launch of the Hudson News outlets transformed the retail of reading material at airports and bus terminals. The company was sold in 2008, and there are now approximately 600 Hudson News outlets around the U.S.