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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  1. 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.

    • Philip R. Gardner on

      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.

  2. Matthew Cody on

    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.

    • Matthew.. I have no idea if you will receive this as its about a year later. Your Dad was my boss during some crazy time on wall street around 2000. I don’t have to go into some long story about what a great individual he was, as that is now common knowledge. All I can say is that I am 51 years old now and when I look back at the 2 or 3 people who I hold in such high reguard,not only for the way they treated me, but for the way they effected so many.I am sorry that you have these feeling but also totally understand and get what your saying. I hope you find peace in knowing that he was loved by so many as you work through the pain of losing such a wonderfull Father. Mike

    • Matthew,

      I am very sorry to hear this. I am your cousin John, I don’t think we ever met, if we did I was too young to remember.

      Anyway 3 years later I don’t know if you will ever read this but I would love to talk to you sometime. My email address is john.c.cody@gmail.com

      Thank you,

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