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In Memoriam: Arthur Cohen

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Arthur Cohen, a brilliant applied and mathematical statistician and a wonderful colleague and leader, passed away on July 26, 2021.

Arthur spent his professional career at Rutgers, from 1963 until he traded his title of Distinguished Professor for Emeritus in 2017.  A world-renowned leader in decision theory, he was known in the research world for blending dynamic applied statistical expertise with rigorous and creative mathematical skills.  Among his colleagues he was also revered for his integrity, geniality, incisiveness, and an unending passion for statistics.

Arthur was born in 1933 and later attended Brooklyn College, where he was captain of the basketball team.  One professor there suggested that Arthur might try graduate school in statistics at Columbia University, to which he could commute from home.  That bit of serendipity launched his career.  Arthur interrupted his graduate studies to spend two years with the Epidemiology Intelligence Service, in what was then the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), as a "disease detective".  After returning to Columbia, Arthur wrote a dissertation under Ted Anderson involving admissible estimators, a major topic over his career.  

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