The President's Medal - Wilkes University's highest honor - is bestowed annually on individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University. This award is presented to deserving individuals at the annual Founders Gala celebration."
2018 President’s Medal Recipient
Lawrence E. (Larry) Cohen ’57 joined Benco Dental in 1959, when the organization served a handful of dentists in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Over the next three decades, Benco grew into one of the largest dental distributors in the United States, with sales of more than $100 million. Since the ’90s, Larry has worked closely with his sons to build Benco into the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor, serving dentists from coast to coast. He pioneered many innovations now considered commonplace in the industry. More importantly, the organization never lost its family-owned, customerfocused culture. Currently, Larry serves as Benco’s chairman and chief customer advocate with a focus on prompt customer resolution and support. Larry and his wife, Sally, are proud parents to Chuck and wife Rebecca, and Rick, as well as proud grandparents of Benjamin and Leah.
Larry is recognized as a respected philanthropist with significant donations to many organizations, including his alma mater, Wilkes University. His generosity is seen in the Cohen Science Center at Wilkes University, which brings four floors of state-of-the-art laboratories together to encourage interdisciplinary research and study. He also served on the Wilkes University Board of Trustees. His vision, candor and commitment have been vital and true to the values of Wilkes University, and as such he is well deserving of the 2018 President’s Medal.