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Andra Portugal Cohn


1933 - 2019
Andra Portugal Cohn Obituary
COHN, Andra Portugal Recently celebrating her 85th birthday, Andra Portugal Cohn -- beloved mother, grandmother, sister, friend, gifted artist, community and political activist -- began her next adventure Jan. 19, 2019. Born Dec. 27, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Rose and Abraham Portugal, Andra earned a degree in political science from Brooklyn College and accepted a job at the United Nations. She met Maurice Cohn, a medical resident at Bronx Municipal Hospital. Following a whirlwind courtship, they married in 1957, and after Maurice's military service and specialty training in San Francisco and New Orleans, they moved to Austin in 1961 with their daughter Ronda. Andra a multi-talented entrepreneur -- blended her talents and social skills as a party planner, co-owner of a bagel business, tennis coach and representative for a line of designer tennis fashions. She built a rewarding mediation service while supporting her daughter's activities and husband's successful pediatric practice. She also pursued a passion for politics, working in numerous political campaigns, beginning with LBJ. Andra was a competitive tennis player and avid skier. She regularly attended UT basketball games, concerts, and she loved the movies. A talented artist, Andra's paintings have been represented in gallery showings and private collections. A fearless force of nature, she supported the arts, including opera, ballet, symphony and theatre. Andra traveled extensively, was a member of Brackenridge Hospital's Board and worked for children's charities. A lifelong Democrat, she was an activist in politics and for causes she felt strongly about. Andra is survived by daughter Ronda Cohn Berton (Jon) of Atlanta, grandson Marshall Berton, sisters Jetta Meyerson of Long Island and Gail Fishkin of Queens, sister-in-law Marilyn Cohn Schwartz of Houston and many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband Dr. Maurice Cohn. She will be profoundly missed, and her earthly absence felt by many. A celebration of life is planned; please contact the family for details or Austin Natural Funerals.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 27, 2019
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