Jared Cohon
October 7, 1947 - March 16, 2024

Visitation Information

March 19 2024 - 12:00 pm
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill

Funeral Information

March 19 2024 - 1:30 pm
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, (Squirrel Hill) Pittsburgh 15217

Jared Leigh Cohon died peacefully in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on March 16th, 2024.

Jerry was born on October 7th, 1947, in Beachwood, Ohio. At age seven, he met the love of his life, Maureen "Bunny" Cohon (Nathanson), who was with him at his passing. He is survived by his daughter, Hallie Donner (Joshua); grandsons Nathan and Solomon; sisters Cindy Lowenkamp and Sheila Nathanson; and a loving extended family. Jerry's love for and pride in his family was without equal.

Jerry served as the eighth President of Carnegie Mellon University, from 1997-2013, during which time the university further grew as one of the pre-eminent institutions of higher education in the world. Throughout his presidency, Jerry championed access and support for gifted students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. Jerry was deeply committed to the Pittsburgh region. He has been duly credited with and honored for far-reaching economic and social enhancements he led through both the university and his service on the boards of innumerable regional organizations and foundations.

Services will be at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 1:30 pm with visitation starting at 12:00 pm. Live stream available at templesinaipgh.org. Interment at Homewood Cemetery. Shiva information available on request. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alumni Theater Company (alumnitheatercompany.org) or Carnegie Mellon (cmu.edu). Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. www.schugar.com


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Elaine and I send our sincerest condolences to Bunny, Hallie, and to Jery's extended family and friends. Jery was my academic "hero" and over the years served as a perfect role model for anyone who strived to treat everyone they met with kindness and respect. He was the perfect counter-example of "good guys finish last." Elaine and I have never forgotten the understanding and compassion he demonstrated to us when we lost our son Matthew. He will truly be missed by all of those that were fortunate to know him.

By Richard Palmer - March 27, 2024

I am Mao Yulin, and my father Mao Yisheng was the first engineering PhD in the history of Carnegie Mellon University. I met President Cohon in 2006. At that time, I led a delegation to attend the ceremony for the completion of the statue of outstanding alumni Mao Yisheng at Carnegie Mellon University. President Cohon was very supportive of the event and even gave me a copy of Mao Yisheng's doctoral thesis as a souvenir. Time flies, almost 20 years have passed, and I have always been grateful to President Cohon. President Cohon and I both agreed that establishing the statue of Mao Yisheng could inspire younger generation to learn from this outstanding alumni's stories. This is not only a commemoration of this outstanding alumni, but also a continuation of the friendship between the people of China and the United States. We have also built a bridge of cooperation between the Mao Yisheng Science and Technology Education Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2007, the foundation has established the Dr. Mao Yisheng, E 1919, Fellowship for Academic Excellence in the field of civil engineering at the university, in order to inspire more young students to learn Mao Yisheng's spirit of study, we hope to continue this friendly relationship. May President Cohon rest in peace.

By Mao Yulin - March 27, 2024

Jerry was a gem of a person, a leader who created a big following and big hearted. I greatly my time on the CMU Board with him as the President. His legacy will stand the test of time, Maureen and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be mossed but not forgotten.,

By Manoj & Rita Singh - March 22, 2024

Praying for you, Hallie, your family and the entire ATC family during this difficult time. May you know the sweet peace of God in days and weeks to come.

By Maggie Richardson - March 20, 2024

Bunny, What you and Jerry have meant to Janet and I, truly words do no justice. We have loved the two of you from Bonnie Ridge on throughout the years. Love, Harold and Janet

By Harold Pincus - March 18, 2024

I want to express my sympathy to the Çohon family on the passing of beloved Jared.

By Richard Gordon - March 18, 2024

What a surprise. So very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a mensch and very much loved but the campus community. Madelyn

By Madelyn Miller - March 17, 2024