Michael Cohen

March 28, 1937February 11, 2018

Michael Cohen was born on March 28, 1937 and passed away on February 11, 2018.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Michael Cohen

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Lindsey Henderson-Preece

February 19, 2018

Dr. Cohen was "our" rock star! His warmth, his knowing eyes (always with a twinkle) and his gentle spirit helped us understand Proteus Syndrome, but not to be afraid to confront it head on. The room was electric when he was with us at the conferences and everyone wanted to be in his presence. He gave us such gifts and I will always be grateful to have known him. With love, Lindsey Preece

Kim Hoag

February 19, 2018

Dear Fay and family, It breaks my heart to hear of Dr. Cohens passing. I cannot even begin to talk about how much he meant to me personally and to every single family in the Proteus Syndrome Foundation. He called me for years on my son Alex's birthday. It always amazed me that someone as huge in the medical world as Dr. Cohen would remember to call me each year. Such an amazing and special man. He will be very missed. My family is sending love to all of you. Kim, Cooper & Ian Hoag. God Bless.

Robert and Deborah Shprintzen

February 19, 2018

The memory of my mentor and friend will always be with me, as it will for so many others. His name, of course, will live forever in the minds of those he touched personally and those who read his many books, chapters, and articles, or listened to his countless lectures. For those of us who spent a good deal of personal time with him, his humor, infectious laugh, and innumerable stories never fail to bring a smile to our faces. A scholar, gentleman, humorist, philosopher, scientist, and much more. My wife and I offer our most sincere condolences to his family who he spoke about ceaselessly with great pride and warmth.

Fernando Vargas

February 18, 2018

The passing away of dr M Michael Cohen means a huge loss to genetics and to medicine, to say the least. I had the opportunity to share his company in many ECLAMC meetings, and am very grateful for that. He was not only intelligent and knowledgeable, but mostly a remarkably generous human being. My condolences to the family, my heart is with them.

Susan Milmoe

February 17, 2018

All the decades of memories . . . going back to college and "Sam, Sam . . ."! Michael's energy, enthusiasm and drive will live on as an inspiration to Jake and me and to so many others, as will his lifetime devotion to his friends and family. He's one of those who made a real difference in the world.

We're thinking of him and sending love to Fay and all the Cohen tribe . . .

John Carey

February 15, 2018

Fay, Aaron, Justin and Family,
I was deeply saddened on hearing the news about Mike. Memories of our years of connection, laughing together, and nighttime call went racing through my mind. He will be greatly missed by the medical genetics world and especially those who frequented the David Smith Workshop for 3 decades.. His legacy will continue as so many of the genetic conditions he championed are now being characterized. I will always treasure his mentoring and taking me under his wing during the early years of my career. Warmest Regards, John.

John Carey

February 15, 2018

The Japanese say that there are no words....but I will say,
My heart was saddened yesterday to learn of the loss of the unique person that is Mike Cohen. Charismatic, always witty ( " a new on for you"), brilliant, and knowledgeable on every topic from Shakespeare to baseball, Mike was the ultimate conversationalist, the first person to have a beer or coffee with. He left a permanent impression on his mentees and colleagues in the field of medical genetics as he gave himself completely to every task he undertook, teaching, lecturing, writing, and planning another book, another biography, another review. In his discipline he will be remembered as the syndrome scholar extraordinaire. Mike described a number of newly recognized diseases, one of which is called the "Cohen syndrome".
Mike, I miss our nighttime calls....Love John

February 13, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11