R. Cohen Obituary
 
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R. Catherine Cohen M D

May 6, 1943 - March 5, 2013
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COHEN, M.D. Dr. R. Catherine Tullsen Cohen died on March 5th, 2013. A well-known obstetrician/gynecologist who served the New Orleans community in private practice for 35 years, Cathy healed countless women and delivered thousands of babies. She was 69. The cause was complications from a stroke. Cathy was born on May 6th, 1943, in Cincinnati and grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where she graduated third in her class at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. She graduated from Bucknell University and studied at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, which always held a special place in her heart. Cathy received her medical degree...
COHEN, M.D.
Dr. R. Catherine Tullsen Cohen died on March 5th, 2013. A well-known obstetrician/gynecologist who served the New Orleans community in private practice for 35 years, Cathy healed countless women and delivered thousands of babies. She was 69.
The cause was complications from a stroke.
Cathy was born on May 6th, 1943, in Cincinnati and grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where she graduated third in her class at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. She graduated from Bucknell University and studied at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, which always held a special place in her heart. Cathy received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed her internship and residency at The University of Chicago's Lying-in Hospital. After these years, Cathy said that she would never live in a cold climate again, a decision that led in part to her settling in balmy New Orleans. Cathy also served as a U.S. Navy medical officer at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, before joining The Women's Medical Centers in 1975. Additionally, she helped oversee medical aspects of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana for several years.
An active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Cathy was married to long-time minister and civil rights leader Rev. Albert D'Orlando until his death in 1998. At the church, Cathy was a passionate choir member for many years and had served as President of the Board of Trustees. Some of her other civic and charitable involvement included the ACLU and growing her hair for Locks of Love.
Beloved for her warm sense of humor, thoughtful conversation, good nature, wisdom, sense of conviction, generosity, and many other wonderful qualities, Cathy had diverse interests. An avid reader, Cathy enjoyed everything from literary fiction to People Magazine. Her love of classical music was matched only by her dedication to various TV sitcoms. Long uninterested in professional sports, Cathy developed a passion for the Saints and an impressive amount of football expertise after she turned 60. She adored her many pet dachshunds, as well as her cats, over her lifetime. A faithful correspondent with a penchant for traveling, Cathy maintained life-long friendships around the country and world.
Cathy is survived by her loving relatives, brother Peter Tullsen (Nancy), niece Barbara Hill (Dan), nephew John Tullsen (Evan Siegel), grandnephew Wesley Hill, and grandniece Alaina Hill. She also will be greatly missed by her companion Nick Napolitano. In addition, she leaves behind many dear friends and former patients.
A memorial service, open to all, will be planned for the near future. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com.

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