In Memoriam

Francis J. Kaelin CE'57

Kaelin, Francis (Frank) Joseph (CE'57), age 88 of Rochester Hills, passed away March 6, 2023, surrounded by his sons, Frank Jr. and Jeffrey Kaelin. Loving husband of the late Ceil Kaelin. Frank was born in Jamaica, NYC borough of Queens, the oldest of ten children.

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Margaret Lester A'69

Margaret V. (Peggy) Lester (A'69) Of Quincy, Massachusetts, died on March 9, 2023, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Beloved mother, grandmother, and life partner, she was born in Manhattan in 1946 to Margaret and Gerard Schoen. She attended the High School of Music and Art and earned a BFA from the Cooper Union.

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Myron Manes CE'49

March 6, 2023. Husband of Belle (nee Marder). Father of Alan Peter Manes and the late Orianne (William) Davis. Grandfather of Robin Davis, Rebecca Davis (Nicholas Natalicchio) and Johanna Davis (Eli Zigon). Great grandfather of Emma and Iris.

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Walter E. Beck A'69

Canaan, NY. - Walter Beck, 73 (A'69), died peacefully at his home Thursday, January 21, 2021. Walter was born on February 6, 1947, in New Jersey to Elgin and Carolyn Beck.
Walter grew up in New Jersey and later graduated from Cooper Union with a degree in art. To read his obituary, please click here.

  • 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.”

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  • 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.