Sarle H. Cohen, 78, a retired physician who practiced internal medicine and geriatrics in the greater Philadelphia area, died May 8 at his home after a long illness. He was a resident of Wynnewood.
Cohen was raised in Reading and graduated from the Hotchkiss School and Yale University. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1955, he did residencies at Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital and Boston City Hospital.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1959.
Before going into private practice, Cohen was chief resident at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He was on the staff at Einstein, Bryn Mawr and Graduate hospitals, and he served as medical director at Martins Run and Logan Square Life Care communities.
Cohen served as president of the board of directors of the Jewish Employment and Vocation-al Service, and as chair of the Hassel Foundation, which supports medical, educational, cultural and social-service organizations, primarily in the Philadelphia area.
When the American Board of Internal Medicine first offered a Board certification in the subspecialty of Geriatric Medicine in 1988, Cohen had already been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. Nonetheless, according to his wife, Barbara Mitnick Cohen, he decided to sit through the five-hour certification exam.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, Cohen is survived by daughters Elizabeth Cohen, Andrea Cohen and Ellen Cohen; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to: JEVS Human Services, 1845 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or Hospice of Philadelphia, A Division of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, Monroe Office Center, No. 1 Winding Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131.