Gordon Seth Cohen
Madison, North Branford
Gordon Seth Cohen, born May 18, 1937, to Leon and Irene Cohen, passed away, peacefully, on Sept. 10 in New Haven.
A man of unlimited enthusiasm, interests, laughs, and kindness, Gordon grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A chance meeting at his summer job bussing tables led Gordon to the spunky 15-year-old girl who would become the love of his life. Gordon and Marjorie Rennick dated through high school and Gordon’s undergraduate years at Brown University; they married while Gordon was attending the Yale School of Medicine. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2020.
After graduating from Yale, Gordon built his medical career as a pathologist, holding academic appointments to the Yale School of Medicine (assistant professor of pathology and assistant clinical professor of pathology) and working as a practicing pathologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of Saint Raphael, and the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Additionally, Gordon was commissioned as a captain in the Medical Corps of the US Army Reserves, serving from 1965 to 1970.
Gordon eventually left medical practice for the business world, becoming president of Jeneric Industries and, subsequently, chairman and CEO of Pentron Corporation until his retirement. In later years, Gordon served as a director of Tartan Ltd., as a board member of the Mary Wade Home in Fair Haven, and as a member of two Brown University councils: the Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine and the Library Advisory Council.
Gordon is survived by his wife Marge and their three daughters and sons-in-law, Terri Susan Alpert and her husband Bruce Alpert; Lisa Michelle MacDougald and her husband Joseph MacDougald; and Bonnie Lynne Bernal and her husband Ronald Bernal.
While Gordon had many titles, perhaps his favorite was “Papa,” the name given to him by his grandchildren Sarah Alpert (husband Leon Husock) and Rachel Alpert; Katelyn, Ian, and Benjamin MacDougald; and Chad, Andrew, and Alexa Bernal. With his grandchildren, Gordon was a mischievous sage, playing practical jokes, making them pledge “eternal gratitude and obedience” in exchange for cookies, and—over the kids’ objections—sneaking treats to the family dogs. As they grew older, Gordon loved nothing more than to engage his grandchildren in wide-ranging, intellectual conversations on topics from literature to science to politics to the life of his beloved Winston Churchill. Gordon’s range of knowledge seemed inexhaustible, and his personal warmth was boundless.
Gordon Cohen’s big heart was open to anyone and everyone, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Donations or remembrances can be made to Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford, https://www.bethisraelwallingford.org.