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Civic leader, philanthropist Marianne Winter Miller Cohn dies at 91

MARRIANNE WINTER MILLER COHN, a New Orleans civic leader and philanthropist, died Thursday, October 17, 2019 at her Metairie residence. She was 91.

Cohn began her civic career at the age of 17, when she volunteered at National Jewish Hospital, (now National Jewish Health) in her native Denver, CO. to cuddle and rock infant patients, and to play and read to older children. She continued her commitment to this organization for many years. In 1972 she was elected as the first woman ever to serve on the governing board of National Jewish Hospital, which had been founded in 1898. In 1974 she was elected to the office of secretary of the board and continued to be a supporter and volunteer for 73 years.

Following the death of her first husband, Ben K. Miller, she later married Dr. Isidore Cohn Jr. and moved to New Orleans. They were married for 40 years prior to his death in 2015.

Her first involvement in New Orleans was at The Louisiana State Museum, where she chaired the volunteers’ three-day fundraising events of the “Sun King” Louis XIV Exhibit. She later served on the board of the Louisiana State Museum. Cohn also chaired the annual Odyssey Ball, a benefit for the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Cohn served on the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Commission, was a past chair of the Arts Council of New Orleans for many years and was on its board for over 20 years. She helped to establish the Louisiana Museum Foundation and served as one of its chairs. Cohn was also an avid supporter of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Louisiana Cancer Research Association.

In recognition of her commitment and contributions to her civic endeavors, Cohn was the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the Chairman’s Award for the Arts Council of New Orleans, the JEF’s Tzedakah Award in 2009 presented to her and her physician husband as well as numerous other awards given by National Jewish Health.

In addition to her husband, Cohn was also predeceased by her children of blessed memory, Philip Miller and Judy Miller. She is survived by her brother Richard Winter and three grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Louisiana Cancer Research Center or National Jewish Health of Denver, CO.

Arrangements, which have not been finalized, are by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. View and sign the online guestbook and share your kind thoughts and condolences at

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