Dr. Maynard Cohen spent 30 years in the Department of Neurological Sciences at what is now Rush University Medical Center, conducting research and treating patients while also teaching as a professor and through the American Academy of Neurology.
"What he left as an ongoing legacy is a huge impact on neurological education," said Dr. Christopher Goetz, who was Dr. Cohen's student, resident and later fellow faculty member at Rush.
Goetz said Dr. Cohen, an expert on strokes who helped found the academy, was responsible for revamping the education component of its annual congress, shifting it from a handful of all-day lectures to different types and lengths of courses on a variety of topics.
"Maynard envisioned something for everyone — clinicians, researchers, scientists," Goetz said. "That doesn't touch patients directly, but it certainly touches patients by having smarter doctors."
Dr. Cohen, 93, died of complications from a bronchial infection Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Miami, according to his daughter Deborah Vidaver-Cohen. He was a longtime resident of Chicago.
Dr. Cohen grew up in Detroit and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1941. He received a medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1944. He was in the Army during medical school and spent time in Korea with the Army before completing his internship and residency in hospitals in Detroit and Minneapolis.
After a year doing research at the University of Oslo in Norway, he returned to Minneapolis for a Ph.D. in neurochemistry from the University of Minnesota.
His visits to Norway grew out of meetings with a number of visiting Norwegian scientists during his training, his daughter said. "He continued throughout his whole career to go back and forth," Vidaver-Cohen said.
Based on interviews with Norwegian colleagues, Dr. Cohen wrote about the role of Norwegian physicians in resisting Nazi occupation of their country during World War II in a book, "A Stand Against Tyranny: Norway's Physicians and the Nazis."
He remained at the University of Minnesota for about 15 years, as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology and also as director of the Center for Cerebrovascular Research.
In 1963, Dr. Cohen came to Rush to head the neurology department. He also was head of the Division of Neurology and a professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Dr. Cohen's work in the field of strokes included early clinical trials of the drug pentoxifylline, now widely used to treat problems related to poor blood circulation.
During his more than 40 years of research he presented and published hundreds of articles, wrote textbooks and led international symposiums, according to Rush.
In addition to helping found the American Academy of Neurology and serving as its president from 1981 to 1983, he played a leadership role in the World Federation of Neurology.
Dr. Cohen retired from Rush in 1993 but continued with a number of interests, including playing competitive tennis and the viola, and classical music.
He also spent many summers doing research at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., where he also owned a home, Vidaver-Cohen said, calling her father "the consummate scholar of literally everything."
He is also survived by his wife, Doris Vidaver; another daughter, Elena; and two grandsons.
Services were held.