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Continuing Education student and Med Center employee dies

School of Continuing Education student Pamela Cooper has died, it was announced Thursday.

SCE associate dean Cindy Justice called Cooper’s death “sudden” in an email. Cooper was a master’s student in the fundraising management program, and she worked as the associate director of planning and development at the Columbia University Medical Center’s Institute of Human Nutrition.

John Hicks, a fundraising management professor at SCE, said that Cooper was “a true leader among my students.”

“I remember her grace, her brilliance, her warmth and her determination,” Hicks said in an email. “These are the qualities that allowed her to touch so many of us; in doing so, a part of Pamela remains with her fellow students and the Columbia community.”

Cooper is survived by her husband Neil Edelsack, as well as two brothers, a sister, and several nieces and nephews, Justice said. Condolences could be sent to Edelsack in Westfield, N.J.


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