Profiles of Supporters

Cooper Union's supporters are the cornerstone of the institution's future. Our generous supporters include alumni, current students, parents and friends.  To learn more about their stories, read the profiles below:

Bruce Waller

Cynthia Hadzi

Diana Georgescu, AR '75 and Vincent Lee, AR '77

Jane and Donald Deed, ChE '37

Dorothy Hayes, BFA '78

Edward Durbin, EE '48

Leonard Trentin, AR '37

Marie Morrone

Purvi Gandhi Irwin, AR '03 and Allen Irwin BSE '02

Wangechi Mutu BFA '97

Toni and David Yarnell

Carmi Bee

Carmi Bee

AR '67

It is a privilege to contribute to The Cooper Union gift annuities program. Giving ensures that future generations of students will have the same opportunity afforded me.

James Craig

Art '63

Edward Durbin

Edward Durbin

EE '48

We’ve made many donations to our alma mater over the years and were proud and pleased to be able to do so. Establishing a gift annuity is one of the most rewarding contributions we’ve made to The Cooper Union.

Ben and Sue Eisenberg

ChE '61 and CE '62

Ray Falci

Ray Falci

ME '86

Dorothy Hayes

Dorothy Hayes

BFA '78

Angelo Maragos

Angelo Maragos

Angelo Maragos, BSE ’07

Marie Morrone

Marie Morrone

EE '63

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

BFA '97

Yashodhan (Yash) Risbud

Yashodhan (Yash) Risbud

EE’92/MEE’94

I give back because I feel I owe a debt to Cooper Union. Had it not been for Cooper Union and the education it gave me, my life would have been much poorer and less rewarding. Using the IRA rollover provision, I was able to make a lasting contribution during my lifetime. With the proceeds of my IRA distribution, my wife and I created an endowed fund that will provide scholarships to students in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering for generations to come. This manner of giving is rewarding for me, and will give future students at Cooper similar opportunities.

Paul Rosche

ChE '62

Setting up annual awards for outstanding graduates who attended the School of Art and the School of Architecture is our way of sharing our good fortune with future ‘stars’ from an outstanding institution.

Toni and David Yarnell

  • 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.