Barry Lippman Cohen

August 10, 1932May 4, 2021

Barry Lippman Cohen passed away in Stanford, CA on May 4, 2021. He was much loved by his four children and ten grandchildren, surviving sister, Sandra Bodner, and all of the extended family.

Barry was born in Gonzales, Texas on August 10, 1932. He was the youngest child of four children and the only son born to Matilda Lippman and Abe Cohen. His other siblings, besides Sandy, were Carol Brin and Maureen Greenberg. Though he left Gonzales when he was young, he always viewed Gonzalez as his home town. His family moved to San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, where he attended Highland Park High School. He then went on to study civil engineering at the University of Texas. During the summer, he would hitchhike to Alaska to work and send money home. At UT, he eventually became President of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. After college, he enrolled in the US Army Corps of Engineers and was based in Turkey. Those were some of the most memorable years of his life.

He married Sandra Ann Rabinowitz in 1961 and they had four children - Collin, Shaun, Shana, and Josh. Barry had a number of passions: travelling, the Dallas Cowboys and any Dallas sports team, the University of Texas, reading, opera, storytelling - especially about British spies, family, a great steak, a spectacular bourbon or scotch, and a good cigar. He also was interested in Biblical archeology, Meerschaum pipes, Stonehenge, and King Arthur and the Round Table.

He was a very successful project manager in construction, working all over the United States until he settled near Collin in the last decade of his life. He volunteered for the San Jose Opera for years after he retired. Over the last year, he attended daily online classes in history and literature.

Most of all, Barry will be remembered for his decency and kindness. He was a very good man who cared tremendously for his children and grandchildren.He was always there for them, to listen and to help if he could. He was devoted to their happiness and wellbeing.

The family will hold Private Services for Barry Cohen on Monday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00am, but all are welcome to join via livestream through this link: A Shiva Minyan will be held at 5:00pm that same day on Zoom: Meeting ID: 993 008 2378 Passcode: 1111

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Avenidas :


10 May

Graveside Service

10:00 am


The services will be private for the family, but all are welcome to watch via livestream through the "Join Livestream" link.
10 May

Barry Cohen Shiva Minyan

5:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Room, Links Below

Zoom Room Link: | Meeting ID: 993 008 2378 | Passcode:1111|


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Blair Tarley

May 7, 2021

This man took me into his home when I had none. I will always remember his kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.