CHARLES “CHUCK” COHEN
September 17, 1941 – November 7, 2020
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
President – 1995 to 1998
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
Jewish Community Center
President – 1980 – 1982
Jewish Federations of North America Planned Giving and Endowment Committee
Chair / Board of Trustees
Broadmoor Country Club
Sigma Alpha Mu
Certificate of Merit – 2012
-Liebert I. Mossler Community Service Award
-Kahilla Award for sustained outstanding service to the Jewish community
-L.L. Goodman Award
-Tikkun Olam Award for Leadership in the America’s Voices in Israel program
-Gates of Jerusalem Medal
Governor of Indiana
Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Charles “Chuck” Cohen was born on September 17th, 1941 and died on November 7th, 2020 after a year-long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Karen Jacobson Cohen; their 3 children, Brad (Tina) Cohen, Amy (Guy) Kaissar, and Danielle (Ron) Bautista; their 10 grandchildren, Ethan and Aaron Cohen, Brant and Sophia Stockamp, Ari (Rachel) Kaissar, Ilan Kaissar, Erez Kaissar, Gil Kaissar, and Blaze and Jet Bautista; and by his sisters, Bev (Butch) Bradley, and Marcia (Hank) Storch. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores (Roger) Newman.
Chuck was a longtime Indianapolis resident and attorney at law, an avid golfer, a philanthropist, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Chuck was born to Julius and Rose Cohen in Greenville, Kentucky and was the only son of an only son. He graduated from Greenville High School as salutatorian in 1959, after playing baseball and basketball for the Greenville Blackhawks and playing trumpet in the school band. Chuck attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and made many life-long friends, and where he met Karen to whom he would be married for over 50 years. In 1963, he completed his undergraduate degree in accounting, and in 1966, he graduated from the Indiana University School of Law. From 1966 to 1968, Chuck served as a captain in the army; during this time, he served in Vietnam as a hospital administrator. After returning from Vietnam, he worked briefly for a law firm in Cleveland before moving to Indianapolis where he co-founded the law firm of Garelick & Cohen. The law firm later became Cohen Garelick & Glazier, of which he served as managing partner for many years. He practiced law at CGG until 2013, when he began his “senior status” (his term for part-time), which continued through his death.
A life-long athlete and sports fan (especially of IU basketball and football, the Pacers, Cubs and Colts), Chuck was an avid golfer, playing competitively in a golf tournament as recently as this August. Chuck shot his age for the first time at 73, and did so over 25 times.
In the Indianapolis community, Chuck will be remembered most for his tireless work as a volunteer, especially as a fundraiser. He was President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis from 1995 – 1998, a member of the Board of Directors of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, President of the IHC Foundation, President of the Jewish Community Center from 1980 – 1982, a Life Board Member of the JCC, Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Planned Giving and Endowment Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, and President of Broadmoor Country Club from 1983 – 1985. Sigma Alpha Mu awarded that organization’s Certificate of Merit award in 2012. He led many fundraising campaigns and committees and served on many boards.
Recognition from charities includes the JFGI 2016 Or L’Dor Award (A Light Unto the Generations), JFGI Liebert I. Mossler Community Service Award, the JFGI Kahilla Award for sustained outstanding service to the Jewish community, JFGI L.L. Goodman Award, the Tikkun Olam Award for Leadership in the America’s Voices in Israel program, and the Gates of Jerusalem Medal. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana for distinguished service to the state and his community.
The funeral service will be for immediate family only, due to health concerns arising from COVID-19. Video will be available at www.arnmortuary.com. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.arnmortuary.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Chuck Cohen Endowment Fund, 6705 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, or https://jfgi.givingfuel.com/tribute