Dr. Leon Bernard Cohen
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Cherry Hill, NJ
Passed away on May 25, 2014 at the age of 92. Born in Brooklyn, New York on August 29, 1921 to Herman and Celia Cohen, Leon grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, developing a lifelong passion for sports. Although a resident of the Delaware Valley since 1959, he never entirely stopped being a Dodgers and Rangers fan. Leon graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in New York in 1938 and went to work, attending college at night at the urging of his mother. In February of 1943, with America at war, he was inducted into the United States Army. Leon Cohen went overseas in May of 1944 as a litter bearer with the 110th Medical Battalion, 35th Infantry Division. His unit landed in France one month after D-Day, entering combat via Omaha Beach, and took part in five campaigns prior to the war in Europe's end in May of 1945. Promoted to Private First Class, Leon B. Cohen was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat.
After returning to Brooklyn in November of 1945, Leon Cohen attended college on the G.I. Bill. After seeing many of his fellow soldiers fall victim to what was then called combat fatigue, he developed an interest in psychology, and after receiving his bachelors degree, decided to go to the University of Michigan for his Ph.D. in the summer of 1948. Two weeks prior to his departure, he went out on a blind date, with Zena Richman. Thirteen days later, he proposed. They were wed in January of 1949, and lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan until he received his doctorate in 1951. Not forgetting those whom he tended to during wartime, he went to work with the Veterans Administration at the V.A. Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. During his time in Topeka, he also worked at the famed Menninger Clinic, and published several papers in professional journals of the day. The Cohens stayed in Topeka, where sons Phillip and Mark were born, until 1957, when they decided to return to the East Coast. The family lived in Brockton, Massachusetts for little over a year, then relocated to the Philadelphia area in 1959, when Dr. Cohen took a position at the V.A. Hospital there. In November of 1961, the family moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he lived out his days. A daughter, Hilary Cohen, was born in 1969. Dr. Cohen retired from government service in 1981, and enjoyed many years of happy retirement, seeing his children marry, and was blessed with seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He and wife Zena enjoyed 65 years of marriage and traveled widely. Besides sports, Leon became quite interested after World War II in classical music and had an extensive record collection. He especially enjoyed chamber music, and in his later years, became a fan of the opera.
Leon Cohen is survived by the love of his life, Zena, sons Phillip Cohen (Livia) and Mark Cohen (Rona), and daughter Hilary Stolzenberg (Ethan), his grandchildren, great-grand-daughter, four nephews, two nieces, a host of grand-nephews and grand-nieces, and an extensive circle of friends.
During his lifetime, Leon Cohen was a true example of how a life should be lived, with purpose, unwavering courage, unbendable ethics, and a sense of duty and honor. Gone from this earth, his example will be followed by his children, and by the many other lives he touched. Of that there is no doubt.
Relatives and friends are invited Wed. beginning 10:00AM to
2001 Berlin Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
where funeral services will begin promptly at 10:30AM. Int. Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ. Shiva will be observed at the late residence. Contributions in his memory can be made to Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main St., Voorhees, NJ 08043 or the USO, www.uso.org
Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc.
2001 Berlin Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-3794
Published in Courier-Post on May 27, 2014