COHEN--Professor Getzel M.

The Yeshiva University family is saddened by the passing of Professor Getzel M. Cohen, of blessed memory, a world- renowned professor of classics. Professor Cohen was the beloved husband of Sheila Cohen, revered father of Shifrah Wassner, Ephraim Cohen and Sender Cohen. Sender Cohen is an alumnus of Yeshiva College and a member of the YU Board of Trustees who, together with his wife, Tali Rosenblatt, is a YU Benefactor. Professor Cohen is the beloved brother of Avi Cohen, a grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle to many. Professor Cohen had a chair at Princeton University, from which he earned his PhD, and was a professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught until this semester. He was a guest lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris and at many universities throughout the world. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and students. May the entire family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Yeshiva University Richard M. Joel, President Norman Lamm, President Emeritus

Published by New York Times on Feb. 17, 2015.
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Dear Sheila
We are so sorry to hear about the death of Getzel. We had no idea that he was ill. Our sympathies go out to you and your family. If there is anything that we can do for you let us know.
Michael & Alta Kreindler
February 21, 2015
To Sheila, Shifra, Ephraim and Sender.
On behalf on my mom, Naomi, please accept my deepest condolences.

I know that Getzel and my mom were not very close, but you should know that she always spoke so highly of him, and of your family. From afar I have paid close attention to his career in academia at the University of Cincinnati, and I was in awe.

While I only spent a precious few occasions with Getzel, his strength of conviction, loyalty, and devotion to family were impressed upon me.

I am not nearly learned enough in this area to say much that may provide comfort to you in this, a time of such pain. So, I shall seek guidance in the writings of Arthur Golden who noted, "At the temple there is a poem called 'Loss' carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it".

Alav ha-shalom

Dave Cohen
Dave Cohen
February 19, 2015
To Sheila and all of Getzel's family, please accept my heartfelt condolences.
David Josephson
February 18, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please forward our condolences to the rest of your family. We will speak soon.
BAruch Dayan H'emet. Love
Richard & Gail Steinberg
February 18, 2015
I remember Getzel from graduate classes in Classics at NYU, years ago. He was always remarkable and will be missed by all who knew him.
Dorothy S Hirshfield
February 18, 2015
I will never forget our long conversations in French. A storyteller, a mentor and a great human being ! You will be missed dearly.
Hamza Safouane
February 18, 2015
. I always welcomed his witty, East-coast mentality during my time at the University of Cincinnati Classics Library, and consider him one of the best teachers that I ever had.
February 17, 2015
So sorry to hear of Getzel's passing, love to Sheila and all friends and family. Jefferson and Marty James
Jefferson James
February 17, 2015
Getzel was a cherished mentor at Cincinnati. From the first call to tell me I had been accepted to graduate school, he continued to invest in this lowly student's life. I had the great pleasure of researching for him, teaching with him, and talking about history with him. He was a tremendous person and will be truly missed.
Kristina Neumann
February 16, 2015
I'll give a talk at the University of Cincinnati on February 26, which I will dedicate it to Getzel's memory. He was my dear teacher.
Daniel Levine
February 16, 2015
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