Brent was a cute "long" baby, according to his mother, and he grew up to be a "big strong man." He was a brilliant thinker, with a sharp wit and clever tongue. He had a kind and gentle soul, which ostensibly he still has, though it is no longer inhabiting his earthly body, which is, by now, ashes. His spirit is undoubtedly overlooking some of his favorite ultimate frisbee venues. He enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching his children play ultimate frisbee, until he could no longer do so. Brent was a loving brother, husband, father, and friend.
He was born in Louisville, KY, graduated from Wharton Undergraduate School at University of Pennsylvania, and received a PhD from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. For 25 years he worked at SAS Institute, where he was most recently a manager of technical writers. Brent was a generous person who cared deeply for others.
It is with great sadness that his friends and family say goodbye to him. He appreciated the life he had, and endured his illness with courage and grace for over a year. He is preceded in death by his mother, Goldye Grace Cohen, and his father, Marcus Cohen. He is survived by his sister, Janet Kautz (Rob Kautz) of Austin, TX; his wife, Marcy; their children, Shellie and Andrew; his in-laws, Alberta and Lane Freund of Cary, NC, and Dianne Freund (Joe Galas) of Durham, NC; friends, cousins, etc.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, November 1, at 11:00, at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Road. If so inclined, people may donate in his stead to one of Brent's favorite charities, one of their own favorite charities, or to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (in support of lung cancer or pediatric cancer research).