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The Cooper Union possesses a tradition that spans generations and ambitions that project far into the future. Below you will find stories that express the pride we own in the past, the honor we hold in the present and the confidence we carry into the future of The Cooper Union.
Gussow Fund Auction
Learn more about an art auction organized to support the Sue Ferguson Gussow Fund
Remembering Milton Okun
Milton Okun, one of the most influential music producers and impresarios of the 20th century, passed away on November 15. With his wife Rosemary, Mr. Okun was a generous supporter of The Cooper Union.
Maxine Hauser Nietz
The daughter of a teacher and an NYPD cop, Maxine Hauser Nietz was the first member of her family to attend college
Donald '35 and Catherine Wilcox
Don and Catherine Wilcox established a living trust to provide a future engineering student with the same life-changing opportunity that Cooper gave Don, whose background offered very few financial or social advantages
Sue Ferguson Gussow Scholarship Announced
A group of architecture alumni are fundraising for an endowed scholarship to honor Professor Gussow
Senior Class Gift
The class of 2016 has raised nearly $19,500 for Cooper through a fundraising challenge
Invention Factory Funded for 2016
A generous group of donors - including the Itri Family Foundation who committed a challenge grant - keep the Invention Factory program running for 2016
Thankathon
Volunteers call to say "thank you" to annual fund supporters in this video
Giving Back to the Future
The story behind the Howard Flagg Memorial Prize, a newly endowed award from former graduates to soon-to-graduate current students
In Memoriam: Irma Giustino Weiss A'45
Irma Giustino Weiss A’45 passed away on October 6 in New York City. Read more in this story about Irma’s generous support of The Cooper Union, including the establishment of student scholarships and prizes that reflected her passions for learning, travel and cultural enrichment.
Saskia Bailey A'15 meets benefactor's family
Recent art graduate meets benefactor's family and discovers their shared Cooper bonds.
In Memoriam: Issac Heller E'52
From farmhouse to business owner to philanthropist Mr. Heller's life touched key cultural events and trends, exemplifying a mid-twentieth century American success story. A life-long supporter of The Cooper Union, his most recent giving included a $1 million donation to the school’s Annual Fund in 2013.
Cooper Parents Pay It Forward
Bobbie Sue Daitch and David Landau, parents of Sophie Lee Landau ChE’15, share what The Cooper Union has meant to their daughter, why Cooper is a truly unique educational experience and how they feel it is their responsibility to reciprocate.
Peter Cooper as Philanthropist
To commemorate his 224th birthday and mark the launch of Support Cooper, we delved into Peter Cooper's other, less talked about philanthropic endeavors in education.