Dublin post office named for James Kohnen
The Dublin Post Office was named Tuesday for the late James Kohnen, well-known public figure in Dublin and 30-year Army veteran who died May 29, 2012.
The action came after Dublin Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-15th) gained unprecedented bipartisan support of legislation authoring the name change of the post office facility, which is under the jurisdiction of the Pleasanton post office and is located at 6937 Village Parkway in Dublin.
"Jim was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word," Swalwell said at a dedication ceremony in front of the post office. "Our Dublin community misses him deeply, and this post office serves as a reminder of his legacy of public service."
"The presence of so many community members and fellow public servants at today's dedication is a reflection of his selfless character, and I know Jim would have been humbled and honored by the event," Swalwell added. "It was my pleasure to have sponsored the legislation that made this post office naming a reality."
Kohnen's widow Pat thanked the congressman for gaining approval to rename the post office.
"My family and I are touched by the dedication of the Dublin Post Office to Jim," Pat Kohnen said. "He loved his community and it is wonderful that this post office now bears his name. We are grateful to Congressman Swalwell for honoring Jim with this lovely tribute."
Mark Martinez, manager of the U. S. Postal Service's Bay-Valley district, agreed. "And, like Dr. Jim Kohnen's character, this post office exudes a strong and functional purpose of strength and unity within the community and across our nation."
"Dr. Kohnen served our country in the U.S. Army and didn't stop serving his beloved community when he retired, becoming a high school teacher and joining local boards and organizations dedicated to improving the Tri-Valley," Swalwell said.
Kohnen retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel after over 30 years of service in the Corps of Engineers. During his service, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College, the Air War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, earning his doctorate in education.
He completed his career by serving as a high school teacher at San Leandro High School, as an elected or appointed official on five boards and as a volunteer with a variety of organizations including the Boy Scouts and Dublin Historical Preservation Association.