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Edward S. Cohn, M.D.

September 12, 1940 — July 5, 2023

Edward S. Cohn, M.D., a respected medical professional and beloved member of the Omaha community, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2023, at the age of 82.

Born on September 12, 1940, in Cumberland, Maryland, Ed was the son of Ben K. Cohn and Rose Goldman Cohn. Ed completed his Bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University where he was also a proud member of the Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

A dedicated medical professional, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, after which he completed an internship in General Surgery. Ed furthered his specialization by completing a residency in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Following his residency, he served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and operated a private practice in Baltimore. In 1993, Ed relocated to Omaha, where he served at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. Here, he devoted his career to clinical medicine and genetic research, specializing in childhood hearing loss. Concurrently, Ed was an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology & Human Communication at Creighton University School of Medicine. He retired in 2013 after a laudable medical career.

Aside from his medical endeavors, Ed was an enthusiast of sailing, scuba diving, and Tai Chi. He was an avid learner with a wide range of interests spanning religion, history, food, and wine.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Shelley Smith; his children, Russell (Tanya) Cohn and Amy (Steven) Goldberg; his grandsons, Aaron, Ben, Elliott, Jason, Alec, and Neal. He also leaves behind Shelley's children, Leigh (Josh) Evans, Anna (Stephen) Ryan, and grandchildren, Elliot and Quinn as well as siblings Arlene Ward, James (Marilyn) Dickman, and Susan (Peter) Tuteur and sister-in-law Cathy Cohn.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents and his brother. His legacy continues with his wife, children, grandchildren, step-siblings, and a wide network of nieces, nephews, and cousins scattered throughout the country.

Services in memory of Edward S. Cohn, M.D., will be held at Temple Israel on Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the discretionary funds for clergy at Temple Israel. 

We remember and honor Ed for his dedicated service to the medical profession, his passion for knowledge, and his unwavering love for his family.

John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and Crematory

Pacific Street Chapel

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