Lifetime Giving Societies

The Cooper Union is proud to recognize the individuals, families, and organizations whose contributions total $100,000 or more as members of our Lifetime Giving Societies. Each Society is named for a member of Peter Cooper’s family in recognition of the philanthropic legacy that has sustained this institution for generations. Members are listed on the Lifetime Giving Society Wall in the lobby of 41 Cooper Square, and receive invitations to special events and other benefits in recognition of their generosity. Contact us to learn how to become a member. 


Meet the newest members of our Lifetime Giving Societies: 

Peter Cooper Heritage 


Altman Foundation 


Sarah Bedell Cooper 


Vic ‘63 and Eleanor DiFranco 

George A. Reeves ‘64 and Ross Wisnewski 


Abram S. Hewitt 


Alan Fortier ‘79 

Pearl Greenberg ‘48 and Murray Greenberg ‘49 

Tat-Sing Huen ‘77 

Evenly and Peter Kraus 


Sarah Amelia Hewitt 


Daniel Arsham ‘03 

David ‘55 and Gladys Daniel 

Michael Duffy ‘97 

Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt ‘95 and Erich Weishaupt 

Aftab ‘97 and Ellen Hussain 

John ‘69 and Mary Manuck 

John Papamarcos ‘41 

Paul ‘72 and Brinda Wiita 

Gary Williams ‘71 

Andrew ‘88 and Mary Wilson 


Current Lifetime Giving Society Members


Peter Cooper Heritage 


Sidney J. Altschuler '57 

Robert '43 and Margaret Bayuk  

Joan and Robert Bernhard  

The Estate of Howard '49 and Anita Betts  

Irwin S. Chanin 1915 and Sylvia Chanin   

Charina Endowment Fund 

George Clark '41  

Con Edison 

James E. Craig '63 

Francois '87 and Susan de Menil 

Donald '37 and Jane Deed  

Ronald W. Drucker and Lisa Ware 

The Estate of Antonya '62 and Daniel Eisen '62  

Susan Eisenberg '62 and Benjamin Eisenberg '61 

Eleanor and Stanley W. Ensminger '46 

The Estate of Ellen and Sidney Feltman  

Barbara White Fishman '60  

Howard Flagg '75 and Angelica Garcia-Flagg 

The Estate of Elaine Flug  

The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation 

F. Phillip Geraci 

The Estate of Kathleen Gerla  

The Estate of Byron Gibbs '51  

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation 

Paula and Jeffrey Gural 

The Estate of George Hecht '30 / '51  

Isaac Heller '52  

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust 

IDC Foundation 

The Estate of Roger '25 and Tessa Heine  

The Estate of William Hergenrother '55  

Benedict '75 and Susan Itri 

Maurice Kanbar 

Alex '49 and Ada Katz 

William King '48   

The Estate of Helmuth Knapp '50  

John Kossak '41 and Evelyn Kranes Kossak 

The Kresge Foundation 

Stanley '70 and Ruth Lapidus 

The Robert Lehman Foundation 

The Estate of Harry Levine '30  

Richard and Ronay Menschel 

Robert B. Menschel  

Edward Durbin '48 and Joan Morris  

Marie Morrone, in honor of Vincent Morrone '63 

National Science Foundation 

Albert Nerken '33  

Rosemary '53 and Milton Okun  

The Estate of Emil '41 and Billie Pansky  

Rubin '42 and Rene Rabinowitz  

The Estate of Earl Reddert 1915  

Michael F. Roberti '67  

The Robin Hood Foundation 

Daniel and Joanna S. Rose 

Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation 

Susan and Jack Rudin 

William '63 and Patricia Sandholm   

Morris Shane '47  

Frank Stanton, in honor of Louis Dorfman '39 and Ann Hysa Dorfman '39 

The Starr Foundation 

Peter Torraco '28  

The Estate of Leonard Trentin '37  

Martin '56 and Diane Trust  

The Trust Family Foundation 

The Estate of Mitchel '49 and Marjorie von Wieser  

Irma Giustino Weiss '45  

Henry Wolf Foundation 

Anonymous (6) 


Sarah Bedell Cooper 


Booth Ferris Foundation 

Michael Borkowsky '61 

Kevin '72 and Patricia Burke  

Lois M. Collier 

Thomas '77 and Diane Driscoll 

The New York Community Trust - Henry C. Enders Fund 

Mark L. Epstein '76 

George '40 and Cecily Fox  

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation 

In honor of Roy Grace '62  

Bette-Ann and Charles Gwathmey  

Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe 

Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund 

Richard and Ellen Lincer 

National Endowment for the Arts 

New York State Council on the Arts 

Alphonse R. Normandia '48 and The Normandia Family  

Harry Ploss '68 

Richard '57 and Ardath Schwartz 

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 

Surdna Foundation 


Cynthia C. Weiler and E. Blake Moore, Jr.  

Anonymous (2) 


Abram S. Hewitt 


Howard '70 and Nancy Amols 

Lawrence B. Benenson 

Alfred '67 and Kathryn Brand 

Judith Cassella '71 and Charles Cassella '68 

Citi Community Development 

Clo and Charles S. Cohen 

Gary Davis 

Raymond '86 and Tina Falci 

Morris '66 and Amanda Gelb 

The Hearst Foundations 

The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation 

Susan and John Michaelson 

Constance J. Milstein 

Frank W. Miner '47 

Ted and Monica Nicholas 

The Carroll & Milton Petrie Foundation 

The Pinkerton Foundation 

Rockefeller Brothers Fund 

In Memory of Ahmad and Parvaneh Tehrani  

Tiger Foundation 

Philip Zev Weisberg '89 and Alla Weisberg 

Jeremy Wertheimer '82 

Tom '59 and Claire Wesselmann 

Dale '45 and Charlotte Zand 

Anonymous (2) 


Sarah Amelia Hewitt 


Joel '58 and Louise Alper 

John and Corrinne Alpert Foundation  

Robert '54 and Linda Alwitt  

Marc and Joanna Appleton 

H.B. Avison, in memory of Beth and Art Kramberg   

George '59 and Frances Barletta  

Robert W. Bassemir '49  

The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.   

Bernard '40 and Lorraine Bayuk  

Charles '39 and Zelda Bliss   

Leo J. Brancato '50  

Kenneth Bridbord '64 and Maryanne Lachat  

Lia Vodja Brillhart '60  

Eugene '64 and Susan Briskman   

Mary Schmidt Campbell and George Campbell Jr.  

Marie and Joseph Celkupa 

Anne and Albert Chao  

John P. Clarke '66 

William '76 and Sandra Cordiano  

Norma Rancken Cossey ME'46 and C. Murray Cossey E'40  

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation  

Cross Ridge Foundation 

The Charles A. Dana Foundation 

Marvin '49 and Faith Dean 

Ira W. Decamp Foundation  

Christine Degen '68 and Bruce Degen '66 

Roberta and Deke Dening, parents of John Dening '99/'03 

Carol and Joseph Dobronyi  

Louis Dorfsman '39  

Stephen Doyle '78 and Gael Towey 

Timothy Driscoll '56 and Barbara Driscoll  

Timothy Driscoll '73  

Lauren Esnes '80 and Eugene Esnes '80  

Katherine Faulkner, Daniel Gallagher, and Nader Tehrani, NADAAA  

Joyce Feinsilber '50 

George A. Fischer '54   

N. Phyllis Fischer '54  

Frezza Family Foundation 

Janet Paxton Gardner '65 and The Edward and Elizabeth Gardner Foundation   

Stephen '67 and Jane Gerard  

Shirley Glaser ’56 and Milton Glaser ’51  

Mona Bhoyar and Milind Godbole, parents of Akash Godbole '17  

Harold '44 and Rose Goldberg 

Alan I. Goldsmith '86/'89  

Jack D. Goodman '51 and Nancy Grabow  

T.J. Gottesdiener '79 and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 

James C. Gower '88/'90  

Richard G. Graven '52  

William 1921 and Polly Grimshaw  

Agnes Gund 

The Guzzardi Family 

Robert J. Hammond, Sr. '38 and Elizabeth T. Hammond   

Edward I. Hawthorne '43 and Lillian Hawthorne  

Jeffrey S. Hersch '87 and Ronny Hersch 

Eric '89 and Hillary Hirschhorn 

Sol Horwitz  

William J. Horvath  

John E. Huddy '85  

Institute of Museum and Library Services  

Judith and Thomas Iovino  

Susan Kamen Marsicano '61, in memory of Nicholas Marsicano  

The J.M. Kaplan Fund  

Jaishri and Vikas Kapoor  

Evie June Katz 

Frank K. Kelemen '37  

Steven '64 and Carolyn Koestenblatt  

John '64 and Sarah Koster  

Alan '70 and Camille Kramer  

The Labowsky Family  

Lynn '60 and Anne Marie Lander  

Eugene M. Lang Foundation  

Michael Lefkowitz '69 

Ilan M. Levi '65  

David '74 and Diane Levy 

Leon Levy Foundation 

Susan Lin '88  

Fredric Litt '61 and Jane Ebbers Litt  

John L. Loeb  

Edgar Luber '53  

Raymond Luke  

Harriet and John Mack, in memory of William Cooper Mack '06 

James '80 and Patricia Malanga  

Connie V. Martinez  

Rhoda Metzger, in memory of Fred Metzger '57  

Cora and Clarence Michalis  

Fernanda D. Milling '29  

Ken '69 and Helene Mitchell  

Edgar '78 and Mary Mokuvos 

Vincent '36 and Grace Moore  

Lawrence Ng '78  

Stavros Niarchos Foundation 

Ernest E. Olson Jr. '52 

Sean Patrick O'Neill '03  

Edward '63 and Mary Ott 

Emil J. Parente '53  

William Paulus, Jr. '58 and Lois Paulus 

Alberta Poskanzer   

The Reed Foundation  

Donald '63 and Kathleen Reilly 

Arthur R. Robinson '51  

Anne Dudek Ronan '83/'84 and Gregory J. Ronan '81/'82  

Paul '62 and Ann Rosche 

The Estate of Fujio Saito '47  

Robert G. Sarubbi '53  

Allyn '66 and Meredith Schneider  

Sara Lee and Axel Schupf  

Donald '57 and Mary Lou Schwinn  

Sciame Construction, in memory of John Fitzpatrick 

Silverweed Foundation 

Lee H. Skolnick '79 and Jo Ann Secor  

John Ben Snow Memorial Trust  

Stuart '55 and Etta Spater 

Tishman Speyer 

Robert '65 and Barbara Spindel  

Rochelle and Brian Steinwurtzel  

Henry Sterne Trust  

Eugene Stueben '61   

Solon E. Summerfield Foundation  

Ben '49 and Helene Swedowsky  

Adele Hall and Robert W. Sweet  

Thomas W. Synnott, III  

Sol Tanne '47 and Janice Hopkins Tanne  

James Tellefsen Jr. '77 and Martha Tellefsen  

Arthur Thomson '64  

Diane Toy '97 and Eric Fung '97  

Philip '92 and Jennifer Trahanas 

Otokar '58 and Ruth von Bradsky  

Bruce F. Waller, Parent of Greta M. Waller '06  

Rachel L. Warren, in honor of Willard L. Warren '50 and Claudette S. Warren  

Clifford '36 and Margaret Warren  

Herbert A. Weidner '49  

Jack Yogman '48  

Tony Yoshida and Sunrise Mart  

George W. Young  

Anonymous (7) 


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