Deceased Information


    Sheldon Cohen

    Shlomo ben Benyamin

  • AGE



    Thursday, November 09, 2017 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, November 12, 2017


    10:30 AM



    Greenwood Cemetery


    7:00 PM Sunday and Monday at the home of Bruce Cohen

    1315 Beechwood Hills Ct. NW Atlanta, GA 30327



    COHEN, Sheldon Bradley, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, physician and friend, passed away on November 9, 2017. Sheldon was a psychiatrist who practiced for over 60 years, an avid runner of marathons and lowlier distances, an indomitable writer of letters to the editor, a member of the 1,000 mile swim club at the Lucky Street Y, an early and ardent advocate of conservation and sustainability, a tireless foe of smoking, an exhaustive rememberer and recounter of bad jokes, a compeller of people to pick up litter, turn off lights, close refrigerator doors, and not keep cars running, a lover of books and music, and a man who saw wonder in so much. Sheldon B. Cohen was born in Savannah, GA on March 26, 1928 to Sara and Benjamin Cohen. Raised in Augusta, GA, Sheldon liked to tell of his early entrepreneurial bent, selling soft drinks to construction workers and at ball games when he was six. He later attended Richmond Academy, Augusta Junior College, Vanderbilt, and the Medical College of Georgia, from which he graduated at the age of 23, before working at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka. While serving in the Navy in the summer of 1954, Sheldon met a woman with a broken radio at Virginia Beach and told this soon-to-be college senior, Dorothy Davidson, that he could fix it. He couldn’t, but less than a year later, she married him anyway, beginning what would become a 55-year love affair filled with family, friends, travel, service, ongoing debates about what temperature to keep the house, and holding hands. After a brief stay in New Orleans, where he was a resident at Charity Hospital and where their sons, Steve and Bruce, were born, Dot and Sheldon moved to Atlanta. There, in 1961, they had their daughter Andrea and moved into a house they built together, turning it into a home filled with love, art, family, friends, music, holiday meals and celebrations, Tuesday morning Bible study, and the occasional Wednesday evening tree crashing through the roof. Sheldon practiced psychiatry for nearly 60 years in Atlanta and was deeply committed to his patients. Over the years, he taught at Georgia Baptist and Emory Medical School. He was devoted to public service, especially through organizations related to medicine, health, conservation, and sustainability. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Atlanta Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and a former editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He was also a longtime avid supporter of Southface Energy Institute, and so many other organizations. Sheldon was pre-deceased by his loving bride of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Cohen, of blessed memory; and his younger brother, Adrian “Bunny.” In addition to his children, he leaves his daughter-in-law, Jennifer; and his much beloved grandchildren: Ari, Naomi, and Simon. Sign online guestbook: Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Sunday, November 12 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Cir. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. The family would be honored to welcome friends for Shiva at Bruce’s home Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Dot Cares Fund at Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319; or to Southface Energy Institute, 241 Pine St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Ken Moller

    In 1993, Sheldon and I trained for the New York Marathon together. It was my first and, I believe, Sheldon\'s first marathon. We were part of a formal training group and, after everyone sped off on the first day, Sheldon and I were \"left at the starting line\" as they say. We ran regularly that year, winding our way through the streets of Buckhead and northwest Atlanta leading up to that Sunday morning in November, 1993. I\'ll always remember those runs and the time we spent together. My deepest sympathy to the family.

    December 04, 2017 , 07:09 AM

  • Carol & Bob Nemo

    We were very saddened to hear of your Dad’s death. We lived on Swathmore, one street away, and always saw Sheldon running in the hood, carrying his litter bag! To this day, I pick up litter when I see it, thanks to his inspiration. Both he and Dot always had a ready smile ? and warm, kind ways. Please accept our condolences.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Leslie & Bernard Schneider

    Dear Bruce, Steve & Family - please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. We are truly saddened by the news, and hope that his passing was peaceful. We were privileged to have been his neighbor for the past 17 years, and have only good memories of Sheldon, and of course your mother as well, who we still remember with fondness and love. In sympathy, Leslie, Bernard & Teya Schneider.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Mike Barcik

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sheldon\'s family. Southface events just won\'t be the same without his smiling face and wonderful spirit. Thank you Sheldon for living such an inspiring life!

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Robert J Alpern, M.D.

    You leave a wonderful legacy, an inspiration to the entire mental health community and a spearhead for healthier lifestyles.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Henry Slack

    I saw Sheldon at innumerable Southface events. He was always a pleasure to visit with, and I could hear his voice in the obituary he wrote (but with which he was not credited). I am so sorry for your loss. I regret I could not visit and grieve with the family, but I held the family in the Healing Light at Quaker Meeting Sunday.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Wade Boggs

    Condolences. I loved seeing your Dad frequently at the Y. In addition to inspiring many of us with his commitment to physical fitness, he kept us up to date re his children and grandchildren. He was proud of all of you. We will miss him as we do your Mother. Know that you\'re in our thoughts and prayers. Wade Boggs P.S. Would have attended the graveside service but was out of town until Sunday night.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Larry Gordon

    My law partner, Thomas Affleck and myself had such wonderful memories of Sheldon. He was our favorite psychiatrist to send our clients to because of his warmth and caring. On a personal note, I always enjoyed getting together with Sheldon from our days at Ahavath Achim to being at races where we were both running. I will miss seeing him. He had also been a role model as to how important a fine psychiatrist can be im impacting a person\'s life. My clients, I know, will be saddened to hear of his passing.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Mindy Nantz

    So very sorry for the loss of your dad. I can only imagine what sorrow you must feel now having both parents passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Alex Parramore

    I fondly remember Sheldon jogging the streets of Atlanta, his hands full of litter he would pick up as he ran his route! He was a fine man and will be missed.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Reba Herzfeld

    So sorry about Sheldon’s passing away. We’ve been out of town and I just found out. Sheldon grew up in their family home on Meigs Street, back door neighbors of my parents. I remember the handsome young man who I used to spy on across the back yard fence when I was young. Both Sheldon and Dot always had a warm smile, hello and hug whenever I saw them. I will always have fond memories of both. Condolences to all of his family. Reba Kreisberg Herzfeld

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Evan Weisman

    Dot and Sheldon were regular attendees at the Literature and Medicine annual retreats He also taught me in Medical School. Nancy and I admired him so much - a fabulous guy and a real gentleman, a real mensch.

    November 12, 2017 , 07:40 PM

  • Andrea Pinabell

    My deepest condolences to your family. While I did not know Sheldon personally, his legacy and commitment to sustainability and Southface are transformative. Please let me know if there is anything that you need from me or Southface during this time or anytime in the future. Warmest regards, Andrea Pinabell President, Southface

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM



    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Karen Tenenbaum Ribot

    Bruce, Steve and Andrea - I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know we ( my Mom and Dad included) are thinking of your family at this sad time. -really lovely obituary.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Karen Tenenbaum Ribot

    Bruce, Steve and Andrea - I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know we ( my Mom and Dad included) are thinking of your family at this sad time. -really lovely obituary.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Karen Tenenbaum Ribot

    Bruce, Steve and Andrea - I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know we ( my Mom and Dad included) are thinking of your family at this sad time. -really lovely obituary.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Earle Greenberg& Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are so sorry for your loss!

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Dennis Creech

    As executive director of Southface for 38 years, I had the pleasure of meeting many people. I can think of few who matched Sheldon\'s passion and knowledge for sustainability. He understood that the health of the planet was directly linked to human health and well-being. It was an honor to know someone who cared so deeply for others. He will be missed, but his influence will continue.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Dirk E. Huttenbach MD and Barbara

    Sheldon was a role model psychiatrist and colleague. We may have met as far back as 1972 when I came to Atlanta. We collaborated on an issue of the Medical Association of Atlanta magazine on End Of Life medical care. We enjoyed talking to each other when we saw each other, especially at GPPA meetings. We will miss him.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Angi Morgan

    So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man,

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Susan Nickerson

    Love to you and yours at this time of loss and remembrance. What a difference he made in so many lives! May we all have such a life well-lived, and may we all take inspiration by his example. Legacy. Healing hugs to you all.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Carol Dlin

    Bruce Steve Andrea my heart is with you

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Jeff & David Cleghorn

    Our condolences to the Cohen family, and gratitude for your Bruce being such a dear part of our lives. Dr. Cohen\'s AJC obituary is such a beautiful testimony to your entire family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Theron McLarty MD

    Sheldon was a great colleague and psychiatrist.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Stephen J. Robbins

    Bruce- I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember meeting him at your home at an AE Event. He was a wonderful man.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Tricia and Michael Haberman

    We are saddened by his passing but will always remember his friendship, and devotion to the many causes he held so dear. As with Dot, we will miss his warmth, his kindness, and his caring.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • The Thorneloe Family

    I am so honored to have been friends with Dot and Sheldon. He was my mentor and one I can never forget. Our love goes out to your family.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Kim Goldsmith

    Been thinking of your dad and then your mom since I heard of his death. Memories of the beautiful house filled with so many interesting and beautiful things. It was wonderful to have them both as part of my entire life. His memory is a blessing.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM

  • Jodi & Bruce Lipsitz

    Steve, Bruce and Andrea, your dad was such a dear, sweet person. We loved him dearly, and he will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing! May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

    November 30, -0001 , 12:00 AM