Honoring the memory of Matthew J. Cody, Stony Brook Foundation Trustee Emeritus (1945-2014)

Matthew Cody

Matthew J. Cody (1945 – 2014)

A dedicated friend of Stony Brook and a pivotal supporter of work on autism at the University, Matthew J. Cody served on the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2012 and as Treasurer between 2003 and 2012.  Together with his wife Debra A. Cody, Matt Cody was instrumental in furthering advances in research and care for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.  The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook is named in recognition of their significant philanthropic support.

Matt’s strong commitment to a vision of what he called an “all-encompassing, multidisciplinary Center, from diagnosis to elder care, from education and research to clinical services and outreach” stemmed from his and Debra’s experiences with their three autistic children.  At the time that the children were born, there was little support on Long Island for families facing the challenges of autism and related developmental disabilities, and Matt and Debra’s loyal dedication to the Cody Center continues to change the lives of the Center’s patients and the lives of those who love them.

A former general partner with broker-dealer Spear, Leeds & Kellogg and CEO of its subsidiary Troster Singer as well as a member of the John T. Mather Hospital’s Board of Directors, Matt’s legacy goes well beyond the Cody Center.  Our Stony Brook University community paid tribute to Matt at the 2003 Stars of Stony Brook Gala and with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2004.  We honor Matt’s memory and recognize his lasting contributions to Stony Brook and the greater community. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Matt’s family and friends.


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4 Responses to “Honoring the memory of Matthew J. Cody, Stony Brook Foundation Trustee Emeritus (1945-2014)”

  1. Maria Rianna says:

    Matt and Debbie are an amazing couple. It was because of their sincere commitment to children that students in the PJ Schools enjoyed so many wonderful activities. Behind the scenes and for no reason other than to enhance to the children’s program and experiences….Matt and Debbie contributed many times. They never said “no” when a child was in need and so many times they came with a smile and a question…..”What can we do?”

    A special, special man …..I am honored to have known him. May you rest in peace, Matt.

  2. Kathy and Maria says:

    Rest in peace, Uncle Matt. You will be missed.

    • Philip R. Gardner says:

      My condolences to the Cody family. I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Mr. Cody, who insisted I call him Matt from our very first meeting, when his 2 sons were students of mine at North Country Learning Center. He was truly one of the most kind & generous persons I had ever met. I, too, am honored to have crossed paths with him and will surely miss him.

  3. Matthew Cody says:

    I am sadded by my fathers passing , I am also sadden that not only am I not mentioned his my sister Suzanne and my younger brother are also not mentioned Michael.
    thats right he had 6 children not 3 if you read his obituary it mentions us there.
    While I know he did do a lot of good things he did not do right by his first 3 children and to find out about his passing from a website even further saddens me as I have had no contact from anyone letting me know of his passing and no recent contact so I could have tried to attend the funeral or even give my condolences to Deborah and family. I know a lot of people will probably dismiss this as not true but the matter of the fact it is and I really wish someone would have let me know I am just at a loss of words especially since I am his first born son even named after him.

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