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Jul 03, 2018

Statement by NDRI on the Passing of Chairman Emeritus, D. Walter Cohen, DDS, Renowned Leader of Dental Medicine, Education and Research

The Board of Directors and staff of National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) celebrate the extraordinary life and unparalleled legacy of
D. Walter Cohen, DDS, who died on June 29, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Recognized throughout the world for his countless contributions to the advancement of dental medicine, research, and innovation in the education and training of future dentists, Dr. Cohen’s involvement with NDRI began when the organization was founded in 1980. He served as a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board and Chairman Emeritus. His leadership and dedication to the mission of NDRI remained constant throughout his service.

In recognition of NDRI’s 35th anniversary in 2015, the NDRI Board of Directors established the D. Walter Cohen, DDS Service to Science Award to be presented to an individual selected by the Board whose career exemplifies a commitment of service to science commensurate with that of Dr. Cohen. In February 2018, Dr. Cohen was thrilled to present the Service to Science Award to Dr. Francis Collins, Director, U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Among his many distinguished academic appointments were his tenure as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his service as Chancellor Emeritus of the Drexel University College of Medicine, the appointment he held at the time of his passing. As the author of 22 books and with more than 130 published scientific articles to his credit, Dr. Cohen was the recipient of eight honorary degrees from universities in the U.S., France, Greece and Israel.

Dr. Cohen’s philanthropic support in the U.S. and abroad, immense generosity and kindness, commitment to the advancement of research, and his unabashed support for programs to develop female leaders in science and medicine, align with his vision of a world in which the health and dignity of all is a priority.

We are grateful for Dr. Cohen’s leadership and salute his remarkable accomplishments and contributions!

NDRI is a Not-For-Profit (501c3) Corporation.