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 a 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). A celebration of his life is being planned and a scholarship is being established. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com.

Published in the Chicago Tribune on May 13, 2012

More about Bert’s life and work:

SOSC Professor of 40 years (May 2012) – Chicago Maroon

Psychologist and Esteemed Teacher (May 2012) – University of Chicago News Office

Renowned UofC Professor, Psychologist (May 20120) – CBS Chicago

Professor of Comparative Human Development and Psychology – University of Chicago Department websites

Bertram Cohler – Wikipedia page


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