Avery S. Cohen, 82, died June 4, 2019, in Cleveland. He was a resident of Cleveland since 1961.
Born in Youngstown to Maxwell and Ann Cohen on Nov. 29, 1936, Avery graduated from Adelbert College (now Case Western Reserve University) with a Bachelor of Arts, and later received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
With a varied law career, Avery held a clerkship with honorable Federal Judge Frank Battisti, and later was a managing partner of Guren, Merritt, Sogg and Cohen and partner at Benesch Friedlander; a legal consultant; partner at Baker Hostetler; and instructor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
Avery was an accomplished attorney with a national reputation in securities law who believed in giving back to the community and making a difference.
He took great pride in his work at Hattie Larlham, and often told stories about the amazing feats of children who overcame severe intellectual and physical handicaps. One of his favorite paintings was created by a resident of Hattie Larlham.
Similarly, he played an active role at B’nai Jeshurun, both as its president and as a congregant. He was also involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Association and the Federation cemetery commission for years.
Avery enjoyed keeping active, he regularly got up before 5 a.m. without an alarm clock. He ran six marathons and loved playing tennis.
Avery always loved connecting with others.
He went out of his way to get to know wait staff, taxi drivers and other random people whom he met throughout the day, and he loved sharing stories with them.
In addition to Susannah, his wife of over 60 years, Avery took great pride in his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Avery and Susannah met during their freshman year of college. They were married June 11th, 1958, the day of their college graduation.
Avery is survived by his wife, Susannah R. Cohen; children, Adam and Ethan (Gena) Cohen, and Dorit (David) Seed; and grandchildren, Russell, Mara and Allison Cohen, and Penina Seed. He was predeceased by his parents, Maxwell and Ann Cohen; and his sister, Gail (Jerry) Wolkoff.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. June 6 at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Interment is at Chesterland Memorial Park.
The family will receive visitors following interment until 9 p.m. June 6 and from 1 to 4 p.m. June 7 at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation.
Contributions in Avery’s memory can be made to the Rabbi Rudolph M. Rosenthal Memorial Fund c/o B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, the Jewish Family Service Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.