Obituary: Larry Cohen

Obituary: Larry Cohen

He was a UGA grad and a radiologist who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Larry Arnold Cohen, age 80, of Athens died Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The world has lost a truly unique, larger-than-life husband, father, brother, friend and physician. He was a truly remarkable man of many talents. Larry was born in Macon in 1937 and attended the University of Georgia, where he was the president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and graduated early magna cum laude. He went on to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he studied radiology and again graduated with honors. He served as a captain in the Air Force from 1966 to 1968. He was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan and worked as a radiologist, attending to the wounded from the Vietnam War. He returned home to set up his own private practice in Athens, where he worked at St. Mary’s Hospital until he retired.

Outside medicine, he loved playing tennis, building his own 1937 Mercedes-Benz, fishing and watching his Georgia Bulldogs. Anyone who knew Larry knows he also loved to collect things like bolo ties, caps, belt buckles, watches and cowboy boots, just to name a few. He never stopped learning and stayed up to date on the stock market and the latest technology. He had quite the sense of humor, and he was a brilliant man who never lost his zest for learning.

Survivors include his wife, Edie Fay Cohen of Athens; daughter Robyn Cohen (Jennifer Wall) of Roswell; son Mark (Sara) Cohen of Johns Creek; son John (Lisa) Cohen of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and grandchildren Elyssa, Jacob, Cayla and Dylan. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Rhalda Kahn of Atlanta and Sandy Cohen of Atlanta, and a brother-in-law, Les “Nermine” Rubin of Clearwater, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), Congregation Children of Israel in Athens or Jewish Family & Career Services in Atlanta. A graveside service will be held at noon Monday, April 30, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Shiva will be held at the home of Mark and Sara Cohen. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Sign the online guestbook at

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