The PA/LTC field recently lost two practitioners who were well known and admired by Society members.
Mary E. Cohan, MD, 60, died on Feb. 23 after a brief battle with cancer. Dr. Cohan joined the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty in 1989, where she spent her professional career. Dr. Cohan was medical director of several nursing homes, and held leadership positions in the Wisconsin Association of Medical Directors, including past president. She also was associate professor of medicine, geriatrics, at MCW, and staff physician at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Robert Lewis Kane, MD, 77, died unexpectedly on March 6. Dr. Kane was an internationally renowned physician and geriatrician. He was the chair of aging and long-term care at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he was a professor for more than 30 years. He was a distinguished researcher, author, and educator, and advocated for improved delivery of long-term care and better management of chronic illnesses.
“Dr. Kane was determined to help people age with grace and dignity. To him, work was always deeply personal. Bob was committed to his scholarship and advocacy; he was also devoted to his colleagues with whom he collaborated generously, and his students for whom he was a gracious and supportive mentor. Bob will be remembered for his intelligence, wit, wry humor and deep generosity,” according to his obituary, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.