Ethel P. Cohen, FAA personnel director

February 9, 2013

Ethel P. Cohen, 94, a former director of personnel for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Consumer Cooperative Bank, died Jan. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

She had congestive heart failure. Her daughter, Emily Cohen, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Cohen, a Washington resident, worked for more than 20 years in the FAA’s personnel department before retiring as personnel director in 1979.

From 1981 to 1984, she was personnel director of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank.

Ethel Pollack was born to a Jewish family in Zhashkov in present-day Ukraine. After surviving a pogrom in their village, the family moved to Cambridge, Mass., in 1920.

She was a 1939 graduate of Radcliffe College, a women’s college then affiliated with Harvard University. She held administrative positions in the Cambridge area before moving to Washington in 1942.

Her family said she helped start the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an adult education program at American University. She served three times as chairwoman of the Osher board.

Her husband of 37 years, Samuel Cohen, died in 1979. Survivors include two children, Kenneth Cohen of Concord, Mass., and Emily Cohen of New York City; and two grandsons.

— Megan McDonough

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