Sherwood Cohen, 71, a longtime Northeast Philadelphia ophthalmologist, died May 9. He was a resident of Elkins Park.
Born and raised in Hudson, N.Y., Cohen was valedictorian of his high school class. He earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1957 and a medical degree in 1961 from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
Cohen served his internship at Jefferson Medical College Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital, where he was appointed associate clinical professor.
Drafted in the Vietnam war, Cohen served as ophthalmologic consultant to the First U.S. Army Headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., and then chief of ophthalmology at Kimbrough Army Hospital. Upon completion of his military duties, he resumed private practice in Northeast Philadelphia, and served on the staffs of Graduate Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Rolling Hill Hospital. He retired after 35 years.
He contributed medical columns to the Jewish Exponent and the Northeast Jewish Times, and his letters to the editor appeared frequently in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Exponent.
He was an active member of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, where he conducted summer services. He received the Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
Cohen is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Judith Silver; sons Dr. Stephen Cohen and David Cohen; sisters Vivian Friedman and Phyllis Ellman; and two grandsons.