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“As far back as I can remember of my childhood, Bert was always my hero; I absolutely idolized him. I literally viewed the world according to his...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Betsy Cohler Lemal - Edina, MN

“Bert Cohler was not only a brilliant scholar, a major contributor to psychology and psychoanalysis, but a genuinely lovely and generous person, a...Read More »
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“Tanya Luhrmann introduced me to Bert in 2003 when I had just returned from fieldwork and was trying to adjust to life back in the States and in a new...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Cage Hall - Los Angeles, CA

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4 of 5 | Posted by: Robert Kertzner - CA - colleague

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Bertram J. Cohler, 73, of Hyde Park, The William Rainey Harper Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, died May 9, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Bert earned his B.A. from U of C, his Ph.D. from Harvard, and certification in Adult Psychoanalysis from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Until his illness, Bert taught at the U of C for 40 years and prided himself that he provided instruction for the larger student population as well as in Human Development.

Bert was committed to providing pro bono psychotherapy and analysis to patients. He mentored and advised numerous graduate and post-graduate students from the U of C and other universities and supported psychiatry residents throughout their training. Bert was an active member in numerous professional organizations, both locally and nationwide. He was a prolific writer.

He was Dad and "Grampa" who cherished Sunday night suppers with his family with whom he deeply loved. Bert will be remembered as a wise, humble, gentle man. Bert was a hero, friend, and gift to all who knew and loved him both privately and professionally.

Beloved partner of 19 years to Bill Hensley; husband of the late Anne Cohler (nee Meyers); cherished father of Jonathan (Amy) and James Cohler; very proud and loving grandfather of Emma, Kate, and Logan Cohler; brother of Betsy (Daniel Reisman) Lemal.

Son of the late Jonas Robert Cohler and Theresa Belle "Betty" Cohler (nee Cahn).

Services are being held Monday, June 4, 6pm, at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637, (773) 702-2100

Memorial donations, to the Bert Cohler Fund may be directed to: John Lucy, University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development, 5730 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

Memories may be shared at http://bertramcohler.wordpress.com/

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com.

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