Financial exec Matilda Fagan Cohen Dies at 98

Mother of Joseph and Charles Cohen worked at sons’ AEI firm.

Matilda Fagan Cohen, the mother of film financiers Joseph and Charles Cohen and a financial executive in her own right, died June 7 in Los Angeles. She was 98.

Cohen served well into her nineties as financial administrator to her sons’ consulting company, American Entertainment Investors. AEI’s client list includes Alcon Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, Exclusive Media and the Weinstein Co.

The Chicago native also served as a portfolio administrator for such leading U.S. foundations as the Foerderer Foundation and the Jurodin Fund, which was founded by Julius Silver, a co-founder of the Polaroid Corp. and Brandeis University in Massachusetts and a major benefactor to New York University.

In her seventies, Cohen earned her B.A. from Hunter College in New York while working full time on Wall Street.

In addition to her sons, Cohen is survived by granddaughters Eliza and Catriela.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 16 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Survivor Mitzvah Project in Los Angeles.

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