Jay Cohen, transportation planner

July 27, 2011

Jay Cohen, 84, a retired transportation planner for the General Services Administration who helped oversee highly coveted parking spaces used by hundreds of thousands of federal employees in the District, died July 19 at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Alexandria. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Cohen, who had a degree in civil engineering, worked as a traffic engineer for the Army Department for several decades before joining the GSA by the 1970s. He also worked on urban-renewal efforts in Southwest Washington during his career. He retired in 1985.

Jay Cohen was born in Brooklyn and raised in New London, Conn. He was a 1947 graduate of Norwich University in Vermont.

He was a past president of the Washington Bridge League and a member of Agudas Achim Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Alexandria. He had been an original season ticket holder for the Washington Capitals hockey team.

He was a resident of the Alexandria part of Fairfax County.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Grace Charlop Cohen of Fairfax County; three children, Michael Cohen of Ashburn, Richard Cohen of Oakton and Debbie Ball of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Martin Cohen, a retired vice president of The Washington Post Co., of Palm Beach, Fla., and Reno, Nev.; a sister, Madge Solomon of Falls Church; and a granddaughter.

Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein has spent his career putting the "post" in Washington Post, first as an obituary writer and then as editor. The American Society of Newspaper Editors recognized Bernstein’s ability to exhume “the small details and anecdotes that get at the essence of the person” and to write stories that are “complex yet stylish.”
Most Read Local