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COOPER, Alexandra B.

Alexandra B. Cooper died of cancer on May 7. She was the daughter of John Lewis Cooper, Jr., Elizabeth (Bette) Baptiste Cooper, sister of Eliza Lewis Cooper and granddaughter of the late John Lewis Cooper, Marie McCook Cooper, the late Duncan Hodge Browne, and the late Louisa Beane Browne.

An extraordinary gatherer of friends, she was born Oct. 15, 1983 in Pasadena, where she attended Polytechnic School through the 8th grade. Alexandra then went to Milton Academy in Milton, MA where she was elected Head of her dormitory. She graduated in 2002.

She chose a gap year before college, working in retail to pay her way to teach and travel in Accra, Ghana.

She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, graduating with Dean's Honors in History in 2007. Alexandra remained in Portland with friends, bussing in a restaurant to support her proud involvement with socialist and anti-war organizations. In 2009, Alexandra began to take German lessons to prepare for her next adventure, in Berlin.

In February 2010, she found a hostel, bought a one-way ticket, not knowing a soul. Building on her early singing experience with the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, she joined a German choral group, Cantus Domus, which intensified her learning of the German language, and brought her tremendous challenges and as many rewards.

Over three years, she travelled extensively in Europe with friends. She worked for the magazine Exberliner, at the Buchstabenmuseum and attended Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, where she worked toward a second bachelor's in the History of Art.

Alexandra was diagnosed with advanced melanoma in June 2011, and was treated at Charité Universitatsmedizin Mitte in Berlin, where she participated in an advanced clinical trial of immunotherapy drugs later approved in Europe and the U. S.

She continued to embrace all activities thanks to superb medical care, devoted friends and an uncompromising zest for life.

She returned to Pasadena to be with family in August 2012. Alexandra continued participating in clinical trials at UCLA. Thanks to her excellent care and her will to make the best of a bad situation, she enjoyed travels to Florida, Massachusetts, Portland, Snowmass and Red Feather Lakes, CO. She was also able to pursue her love of art by taking classes and painting at her studio, which brought her great pleasure.

Surrounded by the love and support of family, many members of the extended family and cousins in the Pasadena area, aunt, uncle and cousins in Orange County, aunts, uncles and cousins in Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Texas, New York, Oregon and Colorado, and close friends in Portland, New York, New England, London and Berlin, she lived her life to the fullest.

John, Bette and Eliza feel blessed that they shared her life together for so long. Her strength, daring and resolve live on in all those who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, 310-206-0675.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on June 13, 2013
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