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Dr. Harry Cohen
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Friday, March 27, 2020
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University of Maryland, School of
Dr. Harry and Mrs. Mitzie P. Cohen Lectureship in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Anesthesiology.
Checks can be made payable to UMBF, Inc. and sent to the:
University of Maryland School of Medicine Development Office
Attn: Traci Morgan
31 South Greene Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Family of Dr. Harry Cohen
Mar 31, 2020 6:35 AM

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Tina Snyder
Mar 25, 2020 04:28 PM

I am so grateful to have met the Great ‘Harry Cohen’. 🥰

Harriet and Alan
Mar 25, 2020 04:43 PM

Dear Bob, Lisa, Joan and Lance,
We are sorry for your loss. Your uncle was a very special person and will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May his memory always be a comfort to you.

Pinkey and Vivian
Mar 25, 2020 10:39 PM

Joan, so sorry to learn of the loss of you beloved Uncle.

Margi Okum
Mar 26, 2020 12:10 AM

Dear Judy & Teddy, Andy & Dana, David & Krysten,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. Harry was such an accomplished man, and with all of his accomplishments, he was a kind and generous man. I hope that the memories you cherish will be a comfort to you.

Melody Ballan Cooper
Mar 26, 2020 12:38 AM

Joan and Bobby, I’m sincerely sorry for the loss of your Uncle Harry. You both were devoted to him.

Esther Weiner
Mar 26, 2020 10:46 AM

Dear Mitzi, Judy, Debby and Howard,
The loss of our long-time friend, Harry, is very difficult. My dear husband, Morty (who passed away last February), and I, met Harry and Mitzi when we all lived in Miami. We became fast friends, spent a wonderful 2 weeks together in California when Harry was working in San Francisco, laughing most of the time. Harry had a terrific sense of humor, and a great smile. He was truly a special friend and human being. He loved to make his favorite drink for us, bourbon on the rocks with a twist of lemon...I know that his loss will be very difficult for his family, and for me as well. I send my love and prayers to Mitzi and all the family. May Harry rest in peace, and know of all the love that is being sent to him.

Barbara Cole
Mar 26, 2020 04:09 PM

Dear Mitzia and family, I am sad to learn of Harry recent passing. We know you and Harry went you lived in Miami Florida. Both you Harry attended the Obg/ GYN conference at Baptist Hospital meetings.It was our honor that you attended. Love Barbara Cole......

Barbara Cole
Mar 26, 2020 04:22 PM

My Condolence to the Cohen family. Love Barbara Cole...

Yosef Sa'ar
Mar 26, 2020 05:27 PM

Harry was a dear friend of my late mother Isabel Kotler at 990 in Chicago. I also had the privilege of meeting him on more than one occasion. He was a wonderful person. Warm condolences.

Marcy Wagenberg
Mar 26, 2020 06:22 PM

So sorry for your loss!
I remember wonderful dinners and visits with you and Harry at my aunt and uncle, the other Cohens, at 990 Lake Shore Drive.
Great memories....

Tyra Lisec
Mar 26, 2020 08:25 PM

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

Efrat Sa'ar
Mar 27, 2020 09:04 AM

Sorry for your loss.
I am the granddaughter of his neighbor in Chicago, Isabel Kotler. I met Harry when I used to visit from Israel.
Harry was always very welcoming and warm.
Remembering you in Israel.

Linda Dektas
Mar 27, 2020 09:35 AM

Dear Debra and Jay,
Wow! Dr. Cohen was incredible! Obviously he was a very accomplished man! I knew he was smart .... but my gosh .... his life and what he did with his years on earth is beyond impressive! The touching thing though among his numerous life accomplishments ... his crowning accomplishment is the love and dedication that he had for Debbie's Mom ... 70 years married and his love for her so strong. What an incredible man, I am sure he is deeply mourned and missed by his entire family. My heart goes out to Debbie her Mom and all her family. I know this is tough on you too Jay. You always told me how much you cared for and respected your father-in-law. I know your heart aches for Debbie, her Mom and family. Thinking of you Jay, Debbie, Debbie’s Mom, Katie, Jessica, and family. Sending love and heartfelt prayers.

Dr, Cohen - a life well lived - may you Rest In Peace ...

Jenn Dwyer
Mar 27, 2020 12:02 PM

My condolences to your family. Love always.

Marsha Schindler Goldberg
Mar 28, 2020 11:34 AM

Judy, Andy, David and families,
Sending my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather.


Dr. Harry Cohen

Harry Cohen, a leading physician in the field of obstetrics and anesthesiology, died on March 23, 2020. The resident of Naples, Florida, and former resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida, was 102.
Harry Cohen was the son of Meyer Cohen, a store owner, and Anne Cohen, a homemaker. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent his early years in Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he attended the Tome school. His family returned to Baltimore and he graduated from Forest Park High School in 1945, and later from University of Maryland, and University of Maryland College of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Captain in the Medical Corp stationed in London, England.
After his discharge from the Army, he began his medical practice in Baltimore, MD, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology from 1950-1966. In 1968 he moved to New York City where he received a fellowship in anesthesiology from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was one of a handful of physicians, worldwide, who at that time had a dual specialty in obstetrics and anesthesiology.
After graduating from Columbia University School of Medicine, Dr. Cohen became a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and later held the same position at Northwestern University Medical School, where he also became the Director of Obstetrics and Anesthesiology. His formal professional activities included visiting professorships at Harvard University School of Medicine, Hadassah University Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel, and University of Maryland, University Hospital, to mention a few.
After receiving his fellowship in anesthesiology, Dr. Cohen became a much in demand speaker, giving scientific presentations and lectureships throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Cohen was a prolific researcher and writer. His writings appeared in more than 20 books, and he was an original contributor and co-contributor to more than 40 medical journals and numerous abstracts. “He was a Renaissance Man” said his nephew, Robert Rombro. “Before embarking on his medical career, he considered a career as a concert violinist. In addition, he and his wife were avid art collectors and amassed a varied and substantial art collection. He was an avid pro football fan. While living in Baltimore he attended every Baltimore Colts home game, and when he moved to Miami and Chicago, he became a Dolphins and Bears fan as well.”
Harry Cohen is survived by the love of his life, Mitzie Polakoff Cohen. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. “He recently told me”, said Mr. Rombro, “that he was just as much in love with his wife after 70 years of marriage as he was after his first year of marriage.“
In addition to his wife, Dr. Cohen is survived by his daughters, Judith Cohen (Teddy Okum) and Deborah (Jay) Lenhoff, and a son, Dr. Howard (Mary Ellen) Cohen. He leaves behind five grandchildren; Andrew Cohen Barnhouse (Dana Campbell), David (Krysten) Cohen Barnhouse, Katie Lenhoff, Jessica Lenhoff, and Kelly Cohen, as well as three great-grandchildren; Michael Cohen Barnhouse, Ethan Cohen Barnhouse and Max Cohen Barnhouse. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian (Sol) Snyder.

Funeral services and interment are private. Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be no formal shiva. Contributions in memory of Harry Cohen can be made to the University of Maryland, School of Medicine's Dr. Harry and Mrs. Mitzie P. Cohen Lectureship in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Anesthesiology. Checks can be made payable to UMBF, Inc. and sent to the: University of Maryland School of Medicine Development Office, Attn: Traci Morgan, 31 South Greene Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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