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Sheldon Bradley COHEN Obituary
COHEN, Sheldon Bradley COHEN, Sheldon Bradley, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, physician and friend, passed away on November 9, 2017. Sheldon was a psychiatrist who practiced for over 60 years, an avid runner of marathons and lowlier distances, an indomitable writer of letters to the editor, a member of the 1,000 mile swim club at the Lucky Street Y, an early and ardent advocate of conservation and sustainability, a tireless foe of smoking, an exhaustive rememberer and recounter of bad jokes, a compeller of people to pick up litter, turn off lights, close refrigerator doors, and not keep cars running, a lover of books and music, and a man who saw wonder in so much. Sheldon B. Cohen was born in Savannah, GA on March 26, 1928 to Sara and Benjamin Cohen. Raised in Augusta, GA, Sheldon liked to tell of his early entrepreneurial bent, selling soft drinks to construction workers and at ball games when he was six. He later attended Richmond Academy, Augusta Junior College, Vanderbilt, and the Medical College of Georgia, from which he graduated at the age of 23, before working at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka. While serving in the Navy in the summer of 1954, Sheldon met a woman with a broken radio at Virginia Beach and told this soon-to-be college senior, Dorothy Davidson, that he could fix it. He couldn't, but less than a year later, she married him anyway, beginning what would become a 55-year love affair filled with family, friends, travel, service, ongoing debates about what temperature to keep the house, and holding hands. After a brief stay in New Orleans, where he was a resident at Charity Hospital and where their sons, Steve and Bruce, were born, Dot and Sheldon moved to Atlanta. There, in 1961, they had their daughter Andrea and moved into a house they built together, turning it into a home filled with love, art, family, friends, music, holiday meals and celebrations, Tuesday morning Bible study, and the occasional Wednesday evening tree crashing through the roof. Sheldon practiced psychiatry for nearly 60 years in Atlanta and was deeply committed to his patients. Over the years, he taught at Georgia Baptist and Emory Medical School. He was devoted to public service, especially through organizations related to medicine, health, conservation, and sustainability. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Atlanta Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and a former editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He was also a longtime avid supporter of Southface Energy Institute, and so many other organizations. Sheldon was pre-deceased by his loving bride of 54 years, Dorothy "Dot" Cohen, of blessed memory; and his younger brother, Adrian "Bunny." In addition to his children, he leaves his daughter-in-law, Jennifer; and his much beloved grandchildren: Ari, Naomi, and Simon. Sign online guestbook: www.edressler.com. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Sunday, November 12 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Cir. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. The family would be honored to welcome friends for Shiva at Bruce's home Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Dot Cares Fund at Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319; or to Southface Energy Institute, 241 Pine St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017
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