Susan Cohen Emmons

July 9, 1953March 26, 2016

Susan Cohen Emmons passed away peacefully in the early morning of Saturday, March 25th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Susan was born in Atlanta on July 9th, 1953 and was raised in Buckhead. She attended Margaret Mitchell Elementary School and The Lovett School. Susan spent her college years in Boulder at The University of Colorado and then returned to Atlanta to attend Emory Law School. Susan had a successful career as an attorney and, later in her life, as a middle school and high school girl’s basketball coach for various private schools in the Atlanta area. Susan lived an admirable and inspiring life as an athlete, a reader, and a lover of all things outdoors--especially summer camp. Her proudest moments were those that involved the successes of the young people in her life--as a coach, as a volunteer, and as a mother.

Susan is survived and celebrated by her husband, Peter Ribeiro Emmons; her two daughters, Lane Cohen Emmons (28) and Ricky Cohen Emmons (25); her sister, Mary Ann Kaplan and her father, Herbert Cohen. Susan was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Aronstam Cohen and her brother, Bruce Cohen. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to either The Galloway School ( or Circle Camps for Grieving Children ( Susan was an integral part of both of these organizations and truly believed in each of their missions and philosophies. Any and all contributions are very much appreciated. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 28 at 2 o’clock at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 28, 2016

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Ellen Ring

September 20, 2016

Dear Peter, I don't know if you remember me but I have thought of you both so very often. Tried finding Susan on line for years but stupid me, I forgot her married name - then found an old address book and voila. Timing is everything and I am devastated that she is gone. My memories of traveling with her in Germany, visiting you both in Atlanta, canoeing so haphazardly I was crying laughing so hard, and her visiting me at my parents in Princeton. My life got crazy and I lost touch with too many people but Susan was the one I always missed. I found you on LinkedIn to send you a private message but by the time I got back to it ( a week later) you were gone.
Too much in a condolence message but I needed to reach out to you. You are in my thoughts, dear Peter.
With loving memories of Susan, I'll end this with a heavy heart.
Ellen Ring

April 3, 2016

Very said to hear about Susan's passing. Susan's lovely, funny and sweet personality was outsized. Her tennis skills and athletic ability were equally awesome. Our love and caring thoughts to Peter, her children, Mary Ann and Herb during this time of grief and sorrow.

Nancy and Tim Lawler

María A. González

April 1, 2016

Dear Peter, Lane and Ricky,
May loving memories of Susan fill your thoughts during your time of sorrow. She has touched so many people, her loss will be felt by everyone.


March 30, 2016

May God strengthen you during this time of sadness. ( 2 Co 1:2,3)

Susan Sanders

March 29, 2016

I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you at this very sorrowful time. I wish I had known Susan but unfortunately our paths never crossed. However, I have had the wonderful privilege of getting to know you and will continue to cherish our friendship.


March 29, 2016

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring you some comfort. Knowing that there is a future for those ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

LewEllyn Hallett

March 28, 2016

Susan and I were in the same third grade class during my first year at The Lovett School, and we were friends on through high school. (I've included a photo--she is top left.) I remember her intelligence--I heard of many great books for the first time from Susan, and read them myself only years after. She was also way ahead of me on films and music. She had a wonderful sense of humor and most memories of Susan include laughter. That's also how I remember her family and her home--good fun and lots of laughter. She was a consistent friend and I wish I had seen more of her in recent years--she will be missed in this world. My condolences to all the family. (Lulu Finch)

March 28, 2016

Ricky, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan and Fernando

March 28, 2016

Mary Ann: Susan was my first date in Atlanta after my parents moved here in 1969. You and my sister Ina fixed us up.
I am sorry for your loss and I am thinking of you at this time.
Jeffrey M. Kamin

March 28, 2016


We were very sad to learn about Susan. I hope you are doing well.
Jeanne Hall and Glenn Youngblood