DONALD J. COHN

COHN--Donald J. Aged 83, died suddenly on August 13, 2013. Loving husband of Eva Brunner Cohn, devoted father of Charles (and Christine), Theodore, Alexandra and Ralph (and Barbara), doting grandfather of Benjamin and David. A graduate of Columbia Grammar School; a three-letter football player, scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a founder of the Hillel Society at Princeton University; an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, he served as a Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was appointed Administrative Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and became a Senior Partner and Head of the Litigation Department at the law firm of Webster & Sheffield. A public-spirited neighbor, he served for many years on the Board of the Riverdale Neighborhood House, UJA, Friends of the Hebrew University, Riverdale Country School, President of the Riverdale Nature Preservancy, pro bono attorney for the Children's Aid Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He touched many lives around the world and was loved for his wise counsel and warm personality. He was an avid fisherman who spent many happy hours on the waters off the family home in Amityville, L.I. Funeral services will be held at the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale on Friday at 11am. 475 W. 250th Street at Henry Hudson Parkway. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.


Published in The New York Times on Aug. 15, 2013