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"The meaning of life is 'OOPS!'" was the preeminent philosophy of Jeffrey H. Cohen, D.C., who unexpectedly passed away Sunday morning at age 70 in the Squirrel Hill home where he was raised. He bids "so long but not goodbye" to his fabulous wife, Carol Chisholm Cohen; sons, Dr. Michael (Nicole) Cohen of Tucson, Dr. Joshua (Maria) Cohen of Squirrel Hill, Jason Brown of New York and Justin Brown of Wilkinsburg; grandchildren, Cole, Julien, and Ava Cohen; and siblings, Sarah Cohen Brickenstein of Shadyside, Jane B. Cohen of Australia, and Mortimer "Herc" Cohen of California. He joins his parents, Dr. Harold and Harriet Cohen in the next world. As a teenager, Jeff spent his summers working at Bear Creek Ranch in Montana, where he learned to ride horses, chew tobacco, and "shovel more horse manure than you've ever seen in your life." He took pride in being the only Jewish cowboy that he knew of. Jeffrey completed his undergrad at Pitt, then received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he studied under mentor Dr. Raymond Nimmo, adopting his specialized brand of trigger-point (non-"cracking") chiropractic. Jeff opened his private practice on April Fools Day 1976, and would often joke that in those early years he had two waiting rooms: one where the patients would wait, and one where he would wait for the patients. In time his practice grew and he became a renowned chiropractor, helping thousands of people in Pittsburgh and around the world. He became known as "The Chiropractor to the Stars," treating Gold Medal winning Olympians, members of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and professional boxers. He treated many of the Pittsburgh Steelers from the 1970s through the 2000s, including Franco Harris and L.C. Greenwood, with whom he would come to have a close, decades-long friendship. Liza Minelli flew Dr. Cohen to New York on several occasions, but at the time his sons were more impressed when he treated "Weird Al" Yankovic. One of Jeffrey's most meaningful relationships was with Fred Rogers, to whom he became a confidant and source of relief from physical pain. Jeffrey wooed his wife Carol by singing her cowboy songs on his Martin guitar. Together they raised their four sons, imbuing them with the love of all things weird and quirky they shared. The family had many wonderful adventures together, often vacationing in Chautauqua, NY and at his beloved Bear Creek Ranch. In later years Jeffrey established the Nimmo Educational Foundation and published many articles in scientific journals. He also became an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York Chiropractic College, where he passed on his wide knowledge-base of chiropractic technique to a new generation of chiropractors. His Fifth Avenue practice remains open and continues under the leadership of his son, Dr. Joshua Cohen. Recently, Jeffrey's prime source of joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He also delighted in the many Akita dogs he had over the years, including current partners-in-crime, Indie and Jesse James. Compassionate and kind, Jeffrey always put others before himself, happily and without hesitation. He had a special, healing touch and he brought relief to thousands of people over the decades. He was also a voracious teller of jokes of all kinds, especially dirty and groan-inducing ones. He had a great smile and all his teeth were still his. Friends received at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Friday from 12-3 p.m., followed immediately by a celebration of his life from 3-4:30 p.m., with a reception for friends and family at the Bartlett Street home following the celebration. Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. (Also acceptable - donations to the Nimmo Educational Foundation - - or a charity of your choice.)

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2016.
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January 14, 2020
It was an honor and pleasure to have worked for Jeffrey. I could see how much he was loved by not only his staff but also by everyone who came into his office. He is missed by more people than I'm sure any of us know. Rest well sweet man.
Joanne Timko
October 29, 2018
I worked for Dr Cohen in the late 70s. The best job I ever had. The best boss I ever had. He will surely be missed.
Joanne Timko
March 25, 2017
I truly wish I had known such a remarkable man.
Stephanie Galante
May 8, 2016
A man to emulate right down to his last request. Fare thee well, Jeffrey!
Mike Angstreich
MG Angstreich
May 7, 2016
I have never meet such a great man as your loving husband, father and grandfather. It was ment to get this sent to me he was a great man that this world has lost but he is with the Lord know. He had done great things for people of bad health and I'am so glad his son is caring on his office to keep helping other's. Jefferey H. Cohen had a full happy life and sound's like a person with a big Heart And Love for all. This give's me great honer to have had this come as a taped voice Obituary and a picture of your loved one and I will pass this on to my family and friend's and I will honor his last word I will NOT VOTE for Donald J. Trump. With greatest love of his life and family and loving Memories to The United States Voter's.
Linda Gentry
May 7, 2016
Jeffeey Cohen sounds like a Awesome Husband, Dad, Grandfather and Friend to our World. Peace and Blessings to the Family and Frinds. Rest in Peace Mr.Cohen
T Stewart
May 7, 2016
Dr. Cohen sounds like an amazing man with a great sense of humor. Rest in peace and thoughts and prayers to his family. I WON'T be voting for Trump either!
May 7, 2016
I like this guy and am sorry I never met him. Y'all who knew and loved him, hug yourselves for me (my arms won't reach!)... and I PROMISE not to vote for Trump.
BTW, I am a 66-year-old rural white Southerner who is a registered Democrat and a bona-fide Progressive.
Wholeheartedly, William Orten "Ort." Carlton in Athens, Ga.
Ort. Carlton
May 7, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Wish I would have known Jeffrey. Sounds like a wonderful person! And, yes, I will most definitely respect his last request!
Mary Alice Marcial
April 29, 2016
Joanne Harrison
April 24, 2016
What a life well lived! This is one of the best obituaries I have ever read.

Rest in peace, Dr. Cohen, and know that I PROMISE not to vote for Donald Trump!
Mariella Buonaduci
April 24, 2016
I genuinely wish I could've known you in life- you sound like an absolutely awesome person who would've been right down my alley! I love spirited people with a great sense of humor! I will most definitely honor your last wish, and not vote for Donald Trump. Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace to your family and loved ones during this time.
Christy Rach
April 24, 2016
What an absolutely amazing man. I did not know him and do not know any family, but I know such an individual will be greatly missed. May your happy memories, of which it sounds as if there are many, help you all through your loss. I promise I will note vote for Donald Trump and will spread this request to as many others as I can.
Barbara J. Wright
April 16, 2016
To admired, loved & cared for Dr. Cohen, and to Dr. Cohen himself, I pledge to not ever vote for donald trump.
Anita Earnest
April 16, 2016
What a great guy he must have been! Sincere sympathy to his family and friends and thanks for his final great advice. We shall certainly follow it! RIP, Dr. Cohen. The world is a better place for your having been in it.
Katherine & George Smith
March 17, 2016
I did not know Dr. Cohen but I will be happy to vote anti-Trump in his honor. RIP.
Christine Armstrong
February 14, 2016
I learned of your father's death from my daughter. I'm very sorry and wish I had gotten to know him. He sounded like a lot of fun. And so does the person who wrote the obituary.
Nancy Carpenter
February 8, 2016
It's terrible when a person this magnanimous departs this world. Fortunately he leaves a legacy that will carry on his humour, wit and joie de vivre.
To the family, my sincere apologies for your loss as well as my sincere congratulations that you had the privilege of this man in your life.

Dump the Trump! We are voting for the Jewish socialist, a fellow Jewish cowboy if you will.
Veronica H.
February 7, 2016
Voting for Bernie! RIP
Caroline Darst
February 7, 2016
Way to be remembered with love by tens of thousands who did not have the pleasure of meeting you. My condolences to Dr. Jeffrey's family....RIP dear Soul.
Bonnie Margolis
February 7, 2016
My kind of cowboy. Thanks for gracing this world Dr Cohen.
Oh, and I promise not to vote for Trump...our house is voting for the Jewish socialist.
Sara Michaels
February 7, 2016
My kind of cowboy. Thanks for gracing this world Dr Cohen.
Sara Michaels
February 7, 2016
I am so glad to learn about Dr. Cohen's life and hereby pledge not to vote for Donald Trump. Dr. Cohen would have been a joy to know.
Sally Scheib
February 7, 2016
For a man who accomplished so much, he certainly lived his life to the fullest. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends and hope the wonderful memories that he gave be kept close forever.
January 31, 2016
To Dr.Mortimer Cohen and Family:

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your beloved brother. We heard many wonderful things about him from a chiropractor friend of ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow and loss. May the lord give you strength and comfort. Hope you are well.

Dr. Harvey and Diane Bendix (V75)
Norwin Veterinary Hospital
North Huntingdon, PA 15642
Dr. Harvey & Diane Bendix
January 28, 2016
Jeffery was a great man and will be missed dearly
Michelle Zajac
January 27, 2016
I have rarely or ever seen a man so selfless and loving as Jeffrey was to Carol. He was easy in his skin so much so that he could make you easy in yours,and this was outside his office. Kudos!!!!!
Denise Bransom
January 27, 2016
What I knew of Jeff, was what a great and caring husband he was to Carol. They were always a delight to see and talk with. He will be missed ......

January 26, 2016
My condolences to all who loved you. Another vote against Trump in your honor.
Pam T
January 26, 2016
I was Jeffrey's 8th patient when he started. A couple trad chiropractors before him did nothing.
He was the first to use non traditional methods
and the only person who helped me in 1973 ? My lower back is OK today.

Thanks Jeff

Anthony C. Navarro
January 26, 2016
Virginia (Ginny) Caliguiri
January 25, 2016
Did. not have honor of ever meeting you. You sounded like a true gentleman and true Good. Doctor You were full of life. And enjoyed every moment on this earth . Everyone should have been honored to have met you thru the years
Kevin Henry
January 25, 2016
I have fond memories of Jeffrey as the kind older brother of my dear friend Janie. A lovely family that exudes warmth and humor, my heart goes out to all as they honor Jeff and now Carol too. Love the Jewish cowboy - due to their conversations around vacations in Montana, I purposefully took a detour there after visiting the Canadian Rockies, just because of the way the Cohens spoke about their experiences in Big Sky country. Thanks for all you gave in this life, Jeff, it was a pleasure to know you. Love to all,
Alison Loerke
January 25, 2016
He left no regrets. Enjoy your next adventure.
Gail Moore
January 25, 2016
He sounds like he was an amazing man and will be missed by many who loved him. I'm very familiar with Palmer College of Chiropractic, and am close friends with the Frogley family, whom Jeffrey probably knew while he was a student there.
I have no problem honoring his wish never to cast my precious vote for Donald Trump!
((( <3 )))
Diane Rice
January 25, 2016
I have taken the liberty of adding this great man's obit to my blog,, where he is among great company. My condolences to his family and friends.
Nina Lentini
January 25, 2016
Mr. Jeffrey Cohen, sending your family my deepest condolences for the loss of such a cool sounding relative.
Wish I had had the chance to meet you.
Anyway, never fear, Jeffrey, my husband and I are not voting for Trump.
From 2 of your unknown admirerers living in SC.
Sammie Lipscomb
January 25, 2016
What a wonderful person. Not to mention a Jewish cowboy. Zie gezuhnt.
Faine Beckerman
January 25, 2016
A good man; gone too soon!
Zahava Grogan
January 24, 2016
I don't know you, but I wish I had. I was into You sound like someone I would like as a friend.
Vicki Messmer
January 24, 2016
Godspeed, mighty healer!
Buster Maxwell
January 24, 2016
I didn't know you, but you sound awesome.
January 24, 2016
It sounds like Jeffrey was a talented, compassionate, quirky and energizing guy. Wish I had had the good fortune of meeting him. Rest in peace knowing I will honor his wishes, and NOT vote for Donald Trump. I will take special delight in following this wish, in lieu of flowers.
Lynn Schardt
January 23, 2016
I'm terribly sorry for your loss, And Jeffrey was an amazing Person, according to his Obituary, GOD Bless his Soul..
Ann Marie Usher
January 23, 2016
Amen. I wish I'd have known Dr. Cohen in life. He seems like a beautiful soul.
Adam Mitchell
January 23, 2016
I had the extreme good fortune of being treated by Dr. Jeff in the 70's after a major injury. He was one in a million. Sincere condolences to all of his family and loved ones.
Kharla Garner
January 23, 2016
Rest in Peace! I will not vote for Donald Trump in your memory.
Shirley McNall
January 23, 2016
The best healer ever. After my daughter broke her back in a sledding accident he mended her. He helped the whole family maintain health. He will be sorely missed. I will not vote for Trump, Jeff!
jeanne Soriano
January 23, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sandy (Sanford) Kram(er)
January 23, 2016
While I did not know Dr. Cohen personally, as a former resident of Squirrel Hill I was aware of his stellar reputation. We shared more than one acquaintance as well as political beliefs. I send my sincere condolences to his family and friends on the loss of this excellent man. The Cohens are an example of the kind of family that makes Pittsburgh such a strong, dedicated, and cultured city.
Jane McCreery
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