Lifetime Giving Societies

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The Cooper Union established its Lifetime Giving Societies to recognize our most generous benefactors and to honor the philanthropic spirit that sustains the college. 

Peter Cooper Heritage Society 2013 List

Sarah Bedell Cooper Society 2013

Abram S. Hewitt Society 2013

Sarah Amelia Hewitt Society 2013

Members as of February 2013.

* Deceased

For more information about these societies, please contact Donna Lippman at (212) 353-4172 or

  • 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.