Donald and Jane Deed

ChE '37

Uncle Don was grateful to Cooper Union for his education, as well as for hiring my aunt. He placed a high value on education, as did she. She gives to Cooper Union because she very strongly believes that qualified and motivated but poor students should be supported in their educational endeavors. (Ken Deed about his uncle, Donald Deed, ChE ’37)

Donald and Jane Deed

"Uncle Don was grateful to Cooper Union for his education, as well as for hiring my aunt. He placed a high value on education, as did she. She gives to Cooper Union because she very strongly believes that qualified and motivated but poor students should be supported in their educational endeavors." Ken Deed about his uncle, Donald Deed, ChE ’37.  His aunt, Jane Deed, worked at Cooper Union in the 1940s.  She lived to be 104 and was an active supporter of the college throughout her life.  As an inaugural member of the Peter Cooper Heritage Society, Mrs. Deed is one of Cooper Union’s most generous benefactors.  During her lifetime, she endowed the Jane E. and Donald W. Deed Engineering School Scholarship Fund and the Jane E. and Donald W. Deed Art School Scholarship Fund.

  • 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.