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William D. Cohen ’31

William D. Cohen ’31, December 6, 2004, in Portland. William received a BA from Reed in chemistry. In 1935, he earned an M. from the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU), and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society. While in residency in New York City, he married fellow physician Stella Fisher; they returned to Portland and William opened a private medical practice. A year later he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in Europe during World War II. In Paris, France, in 1945, he qualified as a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in chest diseases. He resumed his practice in Portland after the war, and taught classes at the medical school. William was a charter member of the Oregon and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was president of the Oregon Heart Association and was elected to the American Physicians Fellowship for the Israel Medical Association in 1969. He was appointed chief of staff for the Medical Center Hospital of Portland in 1979, and retired from medicine in 1986. His first wife died in 1970, and he married Blanche Rosencrantz in 1971. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a stepson and stepdaughter, and a grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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