Judith Love Cohen
1933 - 2016
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August 16, 1933 - July 25, 2016 Judith Love Cohen was a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California. She worked for TRW on a variety of projects, including roles on the teams that created the guidance computer for the Minuteman missile, the Abort-Guidance System in the Lunar Excursion Module for the Apollo space program, the Tracking Data and Relay Satellite System, and the Hubble Space Telescope, among others. Judy considered her work on the Apollo program to be the highlight of her career; it was the Abort-Guidance System that brought the Apollo 13 astronauts home safely after disaster struck on their way to the moon. Judy was president of the LA chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Awards she received for her work included the Outstanding Engineer Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, and a Distinguished Literary Contributions Award from the IEEE. Judy was included in Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in American Women. Judy wrote a monthly column for the Engineer of California Magazine; she also wrote a play called "A Passover to Remember" that was produced twice in Los Angeles. Judy retired from engineering in the early 1990's, and founded Cascade Pass, a children's book publishing company, with her husband David Katz. Her first book, "You Can Be a Woman Engineer," was written to encourage young girls to consider a future career in engineering. Judy went on to author a series of similar books to encourage girls to enter the fields of engineering and science. Judy sold more than 100,000 copies of these books, and in doing so, inspired thousands of young girls to become interested in these important career fields. Judy is survived by her husband of 35 years, David Katz; by her children, Neil Siegel, Rachel Siegel, and Thomas Black; by her daughters-in-law Robyn Friend and Tanya Haden; and by her three grandchildren, Sonya Siegel-Chanen, Sammy Black and Tommy Black.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 28 to Jul. 29, 2016.
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October 27, 2021
Judith brought so many things to so many people. Her contributions, dedication and hard work give and will continue to give young girls and woman the courage, strength and ability to follow their dreams and be whomever they choose to be. She has made a difference and been a great influence for so many people. Even though she is now gone, she will forever live on..in the pages of books, in peoples memories and in the heart of every person who has dreams and aspirations and look up to her with the knowledge that they can also accomplish their dreams.
Jennifer Kimbell
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December 20, 2018
Susan Flenniken
November 2, 2016
I am so sad to hear of her passing, she was such an inspiration to young girls across the nation thru her books that encourage girls to reach for the stars and they CAN achieve everything a boy, a man can! Such a lovely lady and a person who changed the world!
I am so sad she is not her to share her generous and inspiring spirit. I say this with love and gratitude for knowing her.
I send this message to the universe for a new spirit to continue her work which was very important to her. Big hug! KD Neys
September 24, 2016
Dear Jack and family,
sorry to hear about your mom, Beautiful amazing woman

love and prayers,
LeAnn
Leann Grimmer
August 3, 2016
Dear David and family,

Judy was a beautiful light of love, intelligence, humor and grace. I'm deeply saddened to learn of her passing. But I know that she lives on now in freedom. I remember a lot of things about her...I really enjoyed hanging out with her at Jack's concerts. :) I remember her always being willing to encourage others especially women and children. She shared so many fun stories about her life with me. It's an odd friendship personal trainer/client........you get to hear so many fun things about people. I lost touch with her over the past few years but I am sure she had an amazing time. She loved her grand kids so much. :) Much love to you all. Andrea
andrea lane
August 2, 2016
Judy you will be remembered as one of the brightest engineers that worked at TRW. You made many many important contributions to advance the science and progress on some of the most important technical programs our County achieved. Well done, Judy, well done. We are proud of you.
Chuck Shorter
August 1, 2016
Dear Jack, We're so sorry to hear about your Mom...Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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