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Obituary - DR. MELVIN E. COHEN

Dr. Melvin E. Cohen passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. He was born April 23, 1932, in Watertown, N.Y., to Ethel and Morris Cohen. Dr. Cohen attended Watertown schools and graduated with honors in chemistry from Watertown High School. Dr. Cohen graduated from St. Lawrence University Cum Laude with a B.S. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Beta Beta Beta National Biology honorary, and Beta Chi Rho national psychology honorary. He graduated from the University of New York College of Medicine in Syracuse, New York. He did a rotating internship in Meadowbrook Hospital (now Nassau County Medical Center), East Meadow, N.Y.. He returned to Upstate Medical Center Hospitals for an OB-GYN Residency. Following Residency, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was stationed for two years at Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning Ga.

Subsequent to this he opened an office in Trenton, N.J. After two years he was offered a partnership in Corning, N.Y., and was, at one time, chief of OB-GYN at Corning Hospital.

Dr. Cohen moved to Lake Mary, Fla., in 1988, and donated two years of volunteer service to the Farm Workers Clinic in Apopka, Fla.

After moving to Lake Mary, Dr. Cohen took classes through the University of Florida Extension Program and became a Master Gardener. Upon completion of the course, Dr. Cohen did volunteer work at the Extension Center in Lake Mary for several years.

Dr. Cohen served on the Lake Mary Elder Commission for 10 years.

Dr. Cohen was a member of Congregation Ohev Shalom, Maitland Fla., and a member of Ohev Shalom Men’s Club. Dr. Cohen was an Associate Member of Hadassah and he and his wife, Judith, are major donors to Hadassah Hospital.

Dr. Cohen is survived by his wife, Judith, of 61 years; his daughters, Miriam Kuhn of Madison, Wis., Renee Cohen and partner Margo Cook of Chicago, Ill.; and son, Harvey Cohen and his partner, Helena Leung, of Plantation, Fla. He is also survived by four grandchildren — Joshua Kuhn, Nina Kuhn, Maxwell Cohen and Zivah Cohen.

Funeral services and interment were held at Congregation Ohev Shalom Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Dr. Melvin E. Cohen can be made to Congregation Ohev Shalom.


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