Ethel P. Co­hen

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - PER­SON­NEL DI­REC­TOR — Me­gan McDonough

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.

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