Lifetime Giving Societies

The Cooper Union established its Lifetime Giving Societies to recognize our most generous benefactors and to celebrate the philanthropic spirit that perpetuates the college.  The generosity of these Society's members plays an essential role in sustaining our founder Peter Cooper's noble mission-to provide an education that is "as free as air and water" to talented and deserving students, regardless of means, for generations to come.

Peter Cooper Heritage Society
Individuals and families who, over the course of their lives, have donated $1 million or more to The Cooper Union are inducted into the Peter Cooper Heritage Society, which celebrates the philanthropic spirit that perpetuates this institution.

Margaret Bayuk and Robert Bayuk '43
Joan Bernhard and Robert Bernhard and the Robert Lehman Foundation
Jeanette Brooks and Louis Brooks '41*
Irwin S. Chanin '15*
George Clark '41*
Jane Deed
Lisa Ware and Ronald W. Drucker '62
Angelica Garcia-Flagg and Howard Flagg '75*
F. Phillip Geraci
Paula Gural and Jeffrey Gural
Helaine Heller and Isaac Heller '52
Susan Itri and Benedict Itri '75
Marylin Diamond and Janet Neschis and The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust
Maurice Kanbar
Ada Katz and Alex Katz '49
William King '48
Evelyn Kossak and the John & Evelyn Kossak Foundation
Ruth Lapidus and Stanley Lapidus '70
Richard Menschel and Robert Menschel and the Charina Endowment Fund
Albert Nerken '33*
Joanna Rose and Daniel Rose
Sandra Priest Rose and the Frederick P. Rose Foundation
Morris Shane '47
Marilyn Simons and Jim Simons
Frank Stanton* in honor of Louis Dorfsman '39* and Ann Hysa Dorfsman '39
Peter Torraco '28*
Diane Trust and Martin Trust '56 and The Trust Family Foundation
Irma Giustino Weiss '45

Sarah Bedell Cooper Society
Sarah Bedell Cooper (1793-1869), Peter Cooper's wife, was instrumental in establishing a "Golden Wedding Fund" on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, to support charities. The Sarah Bedell Cooper Society celebrates her commitment to The Cooper Union as well as her strong philanthropic spirit and initiative. The Society honors the individuals and families who, over the course of their lives, have donated $500,000-999,999 to The Cooper Union.

Michael Borkowksy '61
Lois M. Collier
Susan Silver deMenil and Francois deMenil '87
Diane Driscoll and Thomas R. Driscoll '77
Edward Durbin '48
Susan Eisenberg '62 and Benjamin Eisenberg '61
Stanley Ensminger '46
Mark L. Epstein '76
Cecily Fox and George Fox '40*
Marcia Grace in honor of Roy Grace '62*
Bette-Ann Gwathmey and Charles Gwathmey*
Roslyn Jaffe and Elliot Jaffe
Ellen Lincer and Richard Lincer
Susan Michaelson and John Michaelson
Alphonse R. Normandia '48 and The Normandia Family
Lynn Pasternack and Bruce Pasternack '68
Harry Ploss '68
Renee Rabinowitz and Rubin Rabinowitz '42
Susan Rudin and Jack Rudin
Patricia Sandholm and William H. Sandholm Jr. '63
Ardath Schwartz and Richard Schwartz '57
Cynthia C. Weiler and E. Blake Moore, Jr.

Abram S. Hewitt Society
Abram S. Hewitt (1822-1903) was a teacher, lawyer, iron manufacturer, U.S. Congressman, and Mayor of New York City. He was also Peter Cooper's son-in-law and Cooper Union's most important founding trustee. The Abram S. Hewitt Society honors individuals and families who over the course of their lives have donated $250,000-499,999 to The Cooper Union.

Lawrence B. Benenson
Howard Betts '49
Clo Cohen and Charles S. Cohen
James E. Craig '63
C. Raymond Dahl '43
Daniel Eisen*
Elinor Goldman and Leonard Goldman '46
Esther Gould* and Jack Gould '27*
Helmuth Knapp '50*
Ann Levine and Bernard Levine '44*
Anne McGraw and Harold McGraw Jr.
Constance J. Milstein
Frank W. Miner '47
Robert Rogge '42
Janet Seifried and Dean Seifried '36
Alla Weisberg and Philip Zev Weisberg '89
Claire Wesselmann '59 and Tom Wesselmann '59*
Jason H. Wright

Sarah Amelia Hewitt Society
Sarah Amelia Hewitt (1830-1912) was the daughter of Peter Cooper and Sarah Bedell Cooper.  She married Abram S. Hewitt in 1855, and together they were influential in the world of public service.  Sarah Amelia shared her husband's dedication, as an economic and civil leader, to uncompromising excellence and access to education.  Launched in November 2008, the Society which bears her name celebrates the many individuals and families whose lifetime support of The Cooper Union has reached $100,000. New members in FY 2010 to the Society appear in italics below.

Louise Alper and Joel Alper '58
Corrinne Alpert and John L. Alpert '41*
Sidney J. Altschuler '57
Joanna Kerns and Marc F. Appleton
Eleanor Costa and Robert W. Bassemir '49
Leonard Beck '49
Herman W. Bilenko '64 and Lorraine B. Bilenko*
Lucy Brancato and Leo J. Brancato '50
Kathryn Brand and Alfred H. Brand '67
Kevin Burke '72
Mary Schmidt Campbell and George Campbell Jr.
Judith Cassella '71 and Charles Cassella '68
Susan Clarke and John P. Clarke '66
Norma Rancken Cossey '46* and C. Murray Cossey '40*
Gary Davis
Faith Dean and Marvin Dean '49
Christine Degen '68 and Bruce Degen '66
Barbara Nessim and Jules Demchick
Roberta Dening and Deke A. Dening
Eleanor Di Franco and Vito Di Franco '63
Ann Hysa Dorfsman '39 and Louis Dorfsman '39*
Gael Towey and Stephen Doyle '78
Timothy Driscoll '73
Tina V. Falci and Raymond G. Falci '86
Nancy Fischer '54 and George Fischer '54
Jane Paxton Gardner ‘65
Morris Gelb '67
Byron G. Gibbs '51
Samuel Gilman '40*
Rose Goldberg and Harold S. Goldberg '44
Alan I. Goldsmith '86, '89
Eleanore Goodman and Jack D. Goodman '51
Marian E. Graven and Richard G. Graven '52
Polly B. Grimshaw* and William F. Grimshaw '21*
Agnes Gund
Lawrence Guzzardi
Michael Guzzardi
Robert G. Guzzardi, Esq.
Douglas A.P. Hamilton
Elizabeth T. Hammond and Robert J. Hammond, Sr. '38
Lillian S. Hawthorne and Edward I. Hawthorne '43
Miriam Hirsch and Stanley Hirsch '50
Rebecca S. Horvath
Sol Horwitz*
Elizabeth Huddy and John E. Huddy '85
Nancy Huen and Tat-Sing Huen '77
Judith Iovino and Thomas Iovino
Jaishri Kapoor and Vikas Kapoor
Evelyn Katz
Frank K. Kelemen '37*
Andrew S. Labowsky, Jr.
Michael Labowksy
Eugene M. Lang
Sheila Lefkowitz and Michael Lefkowitz '69
Marilyn Levitt and Arthur Levitt, Jr.
John L. Loeb*
Doris Luber and Edgar H. Luber '53
Raymond Luke
Harriet Mack and John Mack
Cora B. Michalis and Clarence F. Michalis
Fernanda D. Milling '29*
Helene Mitchell and Kenneth Mitchell '69
Mary Mokuvos and Edgar Mokuvos '78
Grace Moore and Vincent Moore '36
Annie Chu and Lawrence Ng '78
Monica Nicholas and Theodore Nicholas '59
Peter Norton
Kathleen O'Hare and Dean R. O'Hare
Rosemary P. Okun '53 and Milton Okun
Ernest E. Olson Jr. '52
Phyllis S. Parente and Emil J. Parente '53
Lois Paulus and William Paulus, Jr. '58
Alberta Poskanzer*
Kathleen Reilly and Donald Reilly '63*
Arthur R. Robinson ‘51
Gregory John Ronan ’81, ‘82 and Anne Dudek Ronan ’83, ‘84
Paul Rosche ’62 and Ann Rosche
Jane G. Rubin and Reed Rubin
Robert G. Sarubbi '53
Meredith A. Schneider and Allyn W. Schneider '66
Sara Lee Schupf and H. Axel Schupf
Barbara Sciame and Frank J. Sciame
Allen H. Simon '57
Jo Ann Skolnick and Lee Skolnick '79
Katherine G. Farley and Jerry Speyer
Eugene Stueben '61
Helene Swedosky and Ben Swedowsky '49*
Adele H. Sweet and Robert Sweet
Jennifer Trahanas and Philip Trahanas '92
Ruth von Bradsky and Otokar von Bradsky '58
Bruce F. Waller
Margaret Warren and Clifford A. Warren '36*
Herbert A. Weidner '49
Jeremy Wertheimer ’82 and Joyce Wertheimer
Jack Yogman '48*
George W. Young
Charlotte Zand and Dale Zand, Ph.D. '45

* deceased

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.