COHEN, Sidney - June 3, 1928 - June 10, 2016.
One year gone.
One year mourned and sorely missed by his wife of 54 years, Lee Cohen, sons Ross Cohen, Morey (Sandra Ernst) Cohen, grandchildren Nathaniel David and Emily Rose Cohen. Also by nephew Howard Cohen, nieces Paula (Jay) Hochberg, Lisa (Allen Leonard) Korklan, great-nephew Michael (Katherine) Leonard; great-niece Julie (Michael) Mandello; and by adopted son Dr. Jin Zhendong (Yi Xin), and granddaughter Sophia Jin.
Dr. Sidney Cohen was the discoverer of squaric acid, used today in medical and industrial applications. He was a professor of organic chemistry at SUNY Buffalo State College for many years, remembered for his dedication to and encouragement of his students. Originally from Boston, MA, he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan and through the G.I. Bill was able to complete his B.S. in chemistry at Northeastern University, an M.S. in organic chemistry at Tufts University and his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Colorado (Boulder).
He was active with the American Chemical Society Western New York chapter and a member of several honorary chemical societies. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing, skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing, scaling most of the Adirondack peaks while he was working for G.E. in Schenectady after graduation from Tufts. His knowledge of cinema, actors, and actresses was extensive. In addition, he was a devotee of classical music, particularly opera. In the summer classical music could be heard wafting through the open windows in his small section of Grand Island or at his beloved cottage in the Canadian woodlands.