Photo: Suzanne Cohen with George Soros.
In November 2018, Suzanne Cohen, a fierce advocate for equity and the arts and a longtime supporter and Advisory Board member at Open Society Institute-Baltimore, died at the age of 83.
“All of us at OSI benefited from Sue’s talents, passion and many contributions,” OSI-Baltimore director Diana Morris said. “We will miss her.”
Cohen supported many Baltimore organizations, both as an advocate and as a philanthropist, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Johns Hopkins University, in addition to OSI. She often focused her support on building the capacity, leadership, and governance structure of organizations in which she believed, hoping to help them sustain themselves for the long haul. When OSI began fundraising 12 years ago, Cohen was among the first supporters and, soon thereafter, became a member of the Advisory Board.
“Sue chose carefully the boards on which she served, so it was an honor that she chose to serve on our board for so many years,” says Morris. “We benefited from her rigorous thinking, experience in the non-profit world, hands-on approach, and deep commitment to Baltimore and to justice.”