Jeffrey M. Cohen, a longtime state education consultant who was an actor in the Sacramento theater community, died Dec. 28 of cancer, his family said. He was 67.
Mr. Cohen spent several years teaching autistic children in San Francisco before moving to Sacramento in 1979 to join the state Department of Education. He wrote grants and helped develop programs for special education. He retired in 2007.
He belonged to the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance and acted in local dinner theater and community plays. In 1996, he was nominated for an Elly Award for best comedy lead actor for "Romantic Comedy" with the Elk Grove Theatre Company. He acted in many Shakespeare plays and attended the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival for many years.
Mr. Cohen was born in 1944 and raised in the Los Angeles area. He earned a bachelor's degree in theater arts and a master's degree in special education from San Francisco State University. He had two sons during a first marriage that ended in divorce.
Survivors include his second wife, Loree Jurgens of Carmichael; sons, Aaron of Berkeley and Noah of Sacramento; stepsons, Bryant Jurgens and Corey Jurgens, both of Sacramento; stepdaughter, April Jurgens of Sacramento; sisters, Sally Burkett of Maryland and Elaine of New York; and seven grandchildren.
A celebration of life is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4751 Minaret Way, Carmichael. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Cohen may be made to the B Street Theatre at bstreettheatre.org.