Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cohen, Shirley 8/9/1925-3/21/2015 Shirley Cohen Was One of the First Women on the Board of Directors at St. Louis Jewish Hospital. She Was the Very First Board Member to Bring Homemade Brownies to a Meeting. Those Two Distinctions Sum Up the Styl

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cohen, Shirley 8/9/1925-3/21/2015 Shirley Cohen Was One of the First Women on the Board of Directors at St. Louis Jewish Hospital. She Was the Very First Board Member to Bring Homemade Brownies to a Meeting. Those Two Distinctions Sum Up the Styl

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Cohen, Shirley 8/9/1925-3/21/2015 Shirley Cohen was one of the first women on the board of directors at St. Louis Jewish Hospital. She was the very first board member to bring homemade brownies to a meeting. Those two distinctions sum up the style and substance of a lifetime of civic commitment by Mrs. Cohen, who died in her sleep at her St. Louis home on March 21 at age 89. During decades of volunteering for a host of causes, she was president of the Jewish Hospital Auxiliary and a tireless advocate for nursing education who was instrumental in the expansion of the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing into a full-fledged college in 1989. A founding member of the board of directors of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, she chaired the board of the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing, now known as the Goldfarb School of Nursing at BarnesJewish College. At the college's first commencement ceremony in 1994, she received an honorary bachelor of science degree. Other commitments included cochairing the Reach for Recovery program for breast cancer patients and the Camelot TV auction for the St. Louis Arts and Education Council, and helping to bring hospice and palliative care to St. Louis. She was honored as one of the city's Women of Achievement in 1972. Anyone who knew her remembers the homemade brownies, notable for their forceful flavor and moist texture that she attributed to unsweetened chocolate and cream of tartar. They went wherever she did to board meetings, parties, bereavement visits or any occasion needing a dessert or sweet snack. They also traveled the world on their own as care packages to her four sons at summer camps or in college or military service or living abroad. Born Shirley Muriel Weinstein in New York on Aug. 9, 1925, she moved with her family to St. Louis at age 10, much against her wishes. She often told of crying in the car the entire trip, worrying she had left the civilized world for a wild frontier. Mrs. Cohen attended University City High and Washington University. …

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