Benjamin Cobb is an American postwar and contemporary glass artist whose work can be seen at several acclaimed galleries, such as Traver Gallery in Seattle.
Cobb joined Eastside Venture Partners in 2009 and currently oversees investments in B2B software, tech-enabled services and education technology. He possesses extensive experience with growing and scaling businesses – having led several of Eastside’s portfolio companies such as TextUs, Meazure Learning, AllCloud and Rachio during this time.
Early Life and Education
Cobb was a man of strong convictions. He believed that baseball should be a sport accessible to everyone and everyone had the right to attend professional games.
Cobb must understand his path to this viewpoint was influenced by both personal and professional experiences, having difficulty comprehending why black players weren’t permitted in Major Leagues.
Cobb was affected by the racial prejudice prevalent in his hometown. In his early years, he was accused of racism – specifically that he removed stamps from return envelopes without writing back to children who sent letters.
At that time, this view was widely held by many individuals due to an article published in True magazine in 1961.
Benjamin Cobb is a glassblower with a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts. As a demonstrating artist in glass studios throughout the US and internationally, as well as teaching new glass artists a trade, Benjamin serves as both teacher and mentor to new glassblowing artists.
Cobb was one of the founding members of Boston City Hospital’s Harvard Neurological Unit, serving as Chief from 1925 to 1934. This collection contains personal correspondence, records pertaining to professional associations and societies, research papers on cerebral circulation and psychiatry as well as research papers related to these fields.
Cobb championed psychoanalysis during this period and gained it respectability within an institution of conservative principles. He published several books such as Borderlands of Psychiatry and Foundations of Neuropsychiatry; additionally he issued annual reviews in Archives of Internal Medicine from 1935 until 1959.
Achievement and Honors
Award to senior Chemistry majors with the highest academic standing. Supported by a bequest from Robert C. Brown A’88 (deceased).
Students receiving awards of various amounts receive notification in their junior year and are recognized during a Phase II ceremony at Commencement.
Cobb made his film debut as Juror #3 in Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic 12 Angry Men. Other notable roles he held include Dock Tobin from The Virginian series, Marshal Lou Ramsey in Man of the West and Lt. Kinderman from 1973 horror flick The Exorcist. Additionally to acting, Cobb directed numerous plays while serving on the Board of Trustees of Group Theatre New York.
Ben Cobb epitomized the spirit of discovery and self-reliance. An avid traveler, he relished every opportunity to take in the beauty and wonder of his surroundings while at the same time cultivating organic vegetables, fruit trees and beehives in his garden.
Cobb openly supported integration in baseball during a time of segregation and believed that black people should have the right to participate.
Though Cobb was one of the greatest players ever seen in sports history, he did have his flaws. He often insulted and belittled others. Furthermore, he often took offense without thinking and often took swift action without thinking first. Being a celebrity sports star was no small responsibility; furthermore he often indulged in flashy attire and profane language – yet still managed to become one of the greats! Regardless, his legacy stands as one of greatest in history.
Cobb has made investments in fifteen Eastside portfolio companies, such as TexUs, AllCloud, Meazure Learning and Rachio. In addition to investments he has served on various boards such as Accelarad and Hygia Health Services.
He appeared in various films, such as Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic 12 Angry Men as Juror No. 3. For this performance he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Elia Kazan cast him as Johnny Friendly in his 1955 film On the Waterfront; while on television series The Virginian, he portrayed Judge Henry Garth for four seasons (1962-1966).