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Jean Wright Cohn Endowment Fund


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The Jean Wright Cohn Endowment Fund in the Museum of Zoology has been established through a very generous donation from the Jean W. Cohn Living Trust to support the activities of the Museum’s Bird Division. The gift will be a meaningful legacy to Dr. Wright Cohn, an avid ornithologist who obtained her doctorate through the UMMZ program, and will carry her commitment to avian biodiversity forward, to future generations of UMMZ faculty, researchers and students. Although the UMMZ community is naturally saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, we are very grateful that she remembered us in such a meaningful and impactful way.

Wright Cohn regularly attended the scientific meetings of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the International Ornithological Congress, where she was a well-known and liked participant.  In the UMMZ Bird Division, Wright Cohn periodically worked on a study of the anatomy of the hind limb in two “double-jointed” hawks, the African Polyboroides gymnogene and the Neotropical Geranospiza crane-hawk.