Stanwood Cobb

Stanwood Cobb was born on November 6, 1881, in Newton, Massachusetts.  He is recognized for his accomplishments and achievements as an educator, writer, and teacher of the Baha’i Faith locally and Internationally. He was a member of the acclaimed Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.


Stanwood Cobb was born on November 6, 1881, in Newton, Massachusetts.  He died on December 29, 1982, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in the North West section of Washington, DC.  For many years he a residence at 19 Grafton Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and was recognized for his accomplishments and achievements and accepted as a member of the Comos Club.

Dr. Stanwood Cobb achieved the presence of Abdu’l-Baha during the latter’s visit to the United States in 1912, and who predicted that Dr. Cobb would live to attain his one-hundred birthday.  Upon reaching that momentous milestone in 1981, Dr. Cobb penned and then published statement to commemorate the occasion (on the right).

Dr. Cobb resided within a twenty minute drive of the Washington DC Baha’i Center, and would often visit to give talks when invited.  As a previous member of the Washington Baha’i community and having served on its administrative board, he was invited to make a presentation on the day of dedication and opening of the first owned Baha’i activities center in the city.  Above, he is seen giving his presentation.  During his visits to the Baha’i Center he would be accompanied by Scott, his assistant, an accomplished pianist, and who would on occasion perform musical recitals at the Baha’i Center.

He was also a member of the exclusive Cosmos Club, “a private social club, incorporated in Washington, D.C. in 1878 by men distinguished in science, literature and the arts”, and since “its founding…has elected as members individuals in virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction”.  Dr. Cobb on several occasions was instrumental in assisting the Local Assembly to acquire use of the club’s facilities to host various events for noted members of the Baha’i Faith.  Meetings were held there for Hand of the Cause, William “Bill” Sears (with wife, Margaret), and also for Hand of the Cause, Dr. `Alí-Akbar Furútan.  Research of the minutes and activities roster of the Washington DC Baha’i Community between the years 1965-1980 will reveal additional information on this subject.

Dr. Cobb loved to be around young people.  During speaking engagements and teaching activities he was always surrounded by young college students who would ‘hang’ on his every word.  He always expressed the need for maintaining a proper diet and to engage regular exercise, these being necessary additions to one’s pursuit of intellectual growth and spiritual development.  Dr. Cobb personally practiced what he ‘preached’ concerning the need for cultivating a proper lifestyle, and was a prolific writer on these and many other subjects.  His books are available through libraries and publishers.  As an intellectual giant, major contributor to humanity’s knowledge base, and for his services to the Baha’i community he deserved to be ‘revisited’, to be ‘rediscovered’, in order to gain appreciation for the breath of his learning and contributions made toward human advancement.

Comos Club, Washington, DC

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