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Merrill Cohen

February 5, 1926May 21, 2020

Dr. Merrill Cohen, 94, of Marblehead, died May 21, 2020, at home of natural causes.

Born in Boston, Merrill was the dear son of the late Alfred and Gladys (Goldie) Cohen. Merrill was a graduate of Boston Latin School (then called Boys Latin), and upon graduation he enlisted into the Army as a medic during World War II. Merrill then attended Boston University as a chemistry major, and thereafter earned his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago, studying under Professor Teller, who developed the hydrogen bomb.

Merrill was a lifelong scientist who invented a coating for the pacemaker and owned a number of scientific patents. After retirement, Merrill’s inquisitive nature led him to work on various personal projects including exploring his own scientific theories concerning ALS causality, breeding day lilies, dahlias and orchids, and tending to his gardens and fruit trees. Merrill was an avid fisherman, Yellowstone enthusiast, and rock collector, passions that he has passed on to three generations. He spent many wonderful summers in Ogunquit with his family and friends and was always the first to dive into the frigid waves.

Merrill is survived by the love of his life, Eleanor (Goldstein) Cohen, his wife of 70 years. They were longtime residents of Marblehead, living for 66 years in the same house where they raised their family. Family includes his three children, Mark Cohen, Steven Cohen and his wife Karen, and Linda Ben-Ezra and her husband Ami; five grandchildren, Kimberly Neil, David Cohen, Allison Cohen, Daniel Ben-Ezra, and Dalia Ben-Ezra, and great-grandchildren Griffin Neil, Kobe Russell and Eva Cohen and Olivia Cohen. He was the loving brother of the late Jason Cole and the late Phyllis Bernstein.

Funeral services are private due to regulations imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Merrill’s memory to the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America via https://www.jwv.org/give/donate/donate-on-time/.


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Steven Betterman

May 28, 2020

When I was just beginning in my profession, and because Merrill knew my dad from Boston Latin school, he called me and I visited with him discussing my new business undertaking. It was his great respect and admiration for my dad that encouraged him to give me a call and to give me some sound advice. I even went mackerel fishing with him once.

He was kind and forward-looking and fully grounded in his roots.

Steve Betterman


May 28, 2020

May his memory be a blessing to you and your family.

Jeff & Jeremy Broitman

Barry Bershad

May 22, 2020

I was a friend of both his son's Mark and Steve. Spent many a day at his home in Marblehead and exploring Oliver's pond which bordered their property. I also remember a road trip to Bahama with his family and going around a rotary on mopeds in the wrong direction. Hugs to his family.

Alan Pisano

May 22, 2020

I have known Merrill for 52 years since I graduated from Tufts back in 1968 and took a job at GE. He was a wonderful mentor, a brilliant chemist, a distinguished alumnus from Boston University, and above all a great friend.

The photo that I attached was taken at one of the Elfun luncheons at the Danversport Yacht Club (July 2017) which he and Elenor always attended.

I will dearly miss him.

Stephanie Cohen

May 22, 2020

U sold me my condo in the summit many years ago
And I enjoyed spending time with u and your wife on Ogunquit beach
May these memories be a blessing to your family
Stephanie cohen

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