Richard (“Dick”) Lawrence Cohen
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Richard (“Dick”) Lawrence Cohen

COHEN: Richard (“Dick”) Lawrence Cohen, formerly of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, passed away in his home in Cary, North Carolina, on Nov. 4, 2021. He had just celebrated his 99th birthday. Dick was the husband of Sally Bloom Cohen of Pittsburgh, and the late Mildred Kutner of Philadelphia. He is survived by his two sons, Robert (Linda Tramel) and Paul Cohen; stepdaughters, Margery Amdur and Ellen Amdur Andelman (Martin); grandsons, Jacob and Alexander (“AJ”) Rubel; sister-in-law, Adele Cohen; and many loved nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, William and Theresa Cohen of Philadelphia, and his brother, Mark Cohen, M.D., of Wilmington, Delaware. Dick received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and later served as a physician in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After developing his psychiatric practice in Philadelphia, Dick moved to Pittsburgh and served as director of the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center for several years. The rest of Dick’s medical career was spent at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical School and Western Psychiatric Institute where Dick was the director of the Program for Children and Adolescents. Dick was an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and was its president in 1991 and 1992. During his “retirement,” he was director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. One of Dick’s greatest interests was teaching and training medical students. He was an avid reader and writer. His professional research was published in many medical journals and texts. He also authored “House Officer,” a study of how and why medical students ultimately select an area of practice, as well as multiple works of fiction. Dick’s love of music was reflected by his substantial collection of jazz and classical tapes and albums which ultimately provided the foundation for various courses he taught to fellow seniors at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Dick was respected and admired by his friends and colleagues and dearly loved by his family. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. PJC

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