This collection of tributes and memorials for Sherri will be updated as they become available online. Please check back if you’d like to see more. Updated as of 11/23/2016.
Bryn Athyn College recently dedicated two new residence halls to house first-year students. One of the buildings was named Cooper Hall after “beloved professor Sherri Rumer Cooper.” We are honored to have this lasting reminder of Sherri’s work here.
BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE ROCKS TO HONOR SHERRI
Through multiple iterations and 14 years, Bryn Athyn College Rocks has been playing crowd-pleasing fundraising concerts on its eponymous campus. The band—composed of students, faculty, and alumni of the College—have put their musical talents to work, raising money for a number of specific needs at the College. But no cause has been as near and dear to the band’s heart than the one it seeks to raise money for this October—the Sherri Rumer Cooper Research Fund.
The Sherri Rumer Cooper Research Fund honors the vision and legacy of Sherri Cooper, Ph.D., by supporting undergraduate research at Bryn Athyn College. Cooper joined the faculty at Bryn Athyn College in 1999, after establishing an impressive record of paleoecology research at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University. At Bryn Athyn, Cooper taught courses in biology, ecology, botany, limnology, and environmental science, and mentored many students through their undergraduate research projects. Since her passing, the Sherri Rumer Cooper Research Fund honors her dedication to faculty-mentored undergraduate research and continues the work she began.
“Sherri was a beloved member of the Bryn Athyn College community,” says Fredrik Bryntesson, Ph.D., a colleague of Cooper’s in the biology department and leader of BAC Rocks. “We felt compelled to honor her and to support undergraduate research, which is something she was so passionate about.”
MEMORIAL SERVICE AT BRYN ATHYN CATHEDRAL
Recording of the service available at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/79188495.
- First 30 minutes. Special music, played by Sherri’s lifelong friend Tom Rosenberg (cello) and Kenneth Coy (organ).
- 31:30 Service begins.
- 40:00 Musical interlude, Psalm 23. Tony Rose (composer, piano), Peter Childs (lead vocal) and choir.
- 45:35 Eulogy Address by Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rose.
- 1:20:40 How Long Will I Love You. Christine McDonald (lead vocal), Shawn Rose (piano), Greg Synnestvedt (violin), Aven Rose (vocals), Donna Bostock (percussion, vocals).
- 1:24:35 Ripple. Peter Childs (lead vocal), Greg Synnestvedt (guitar, mandolin), Donna Bostock (percussion), Dylan Odhner (vocals), David Steen (guitar, vocals), Blake McCurdy (guitar), and chorus.
Visit Anji’s Blog, a site created by Sherri’s daughter that includes a couple of memorial articles.
SHERRI RUMER COOPER RESEARCH FUND
We have created a Research Fund at Bryn Athyn College, where Sherri has been a professor of biology since 1999. She championed research as an important tool for teaching science. This fund honors her contribution, and endeavors to make the experience available to more students. Follow the link to find out more, or to leave a donation in memory of Sherri.
MEMORIAL PHOTO GALLERY
This is the photo gallery from memorial service reception. Upload your photos of Sherri if you want!
BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE ALUMNI MAGAZINE
There is an article called “Remembering Sherri Cooper” on page 22 of the winter issue of the BAC Alumni Magazine.