PORT CLYDE — At daybreak on the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Catherine Black Cohen passed away at her younger daughter’s home in the hills of Briones, Calif., with her loving family and faithful dog, Carmella, attending to her. Before she passed, she managed to say goodbye, in person or on the phone, to so many friends and family whom she loved.

A devout Episcopalian her entire life, Catherine was predeceased on Feb. 22, 1998, by her beloved husband, Dr. Melvin Joseph Cohen (69), a retired Yale University biology professor and member of the National Academy of Sciences. A descendant of French Huguenots, her sense of adventure never lagged and she traveled extensively with children and friends, hiking, boating, whitewater rafting and traveling by train and air.

Catherine’s father was University of Oregon English professor Frank Gees Black and her mother, Radcliffe-educated Latin scholar, Renée Métivier Black. Catherine graduated from, and later taught, French at the University of Oregon, was a member of the original class of Fulbright Fellows, studied for years in Europe — especially France — was fluent in six languages, and was even enlisted as a spy by the Foreign Service — which she was not given to speak much about.

Catherine loved spending summers at the cottage on their small island in Port Clyde, and nourishing a spirit of adventure in her four children, who could not have asked for a more amazing mother. She was a gifted writer, novelist, and poet. She also loved to entertain and specialized in French cooking, with her children and grandchildren always clamoring for her French onion soup.

Catherine is survived by an older sister, Carolyn Black Mervyn (93), residing in Vancouver, Canada, and her children and grandchildren; her older son, Frank Métivier Cohen (64) and his wife, Ann Procianos Cohen (67), with their children and grandchildren; her older daughter, Neda Solinis (61), with her daughter; her younger daughter, Sarah van Hout-Cohen (57) and her husband, Wim-Kees van Hout (59), with their children, Sebastiaan Melvin Lambert van Hout (21) and Lianna Caterina Corrie van Hout (19); her younger son, Samuel David Cohen (55) and his wife, Dr. Katy Hicks (59), with their daughters, Amy Sierra Cohen (17) and Rachel Caldwell Cohen (17).

In California, a service was held at Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley. In Maine, a service will be held Friday, July 15, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Port Clyde Baptist Church, with burial to be held afterward at the nearby South Parish/Ridge Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations: SAGE Compassion for Animals (sagec4a.org/donate); Maine Coast Heritage Trust (mcht.org); The Wilderness Society (act.wilderness.org/donate); and Planned Parenthood (weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/donate/defend).