Garrett Livingston Cope

Garrett Livingston Cope, born March 28, 1928 in McMinnville, TN, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on May 11, 2013. A venerated and beloved educator in the Gary community for many years, he was the only child of Garrett Roosevelt and Jessie Ramsey Cope. At the age of five, Garrett was exposed to the first grade classroom, passed all requirements and completed the second grade at the age of six. He later distinguished himself as a scholar at Corpus Christie Elementary School in Chicago. Throughout his elementary and high school years he studied dancing at the Sadie Bruce Dance School and became on of its featured dancers. He entered Froebel High School and graduated in 1944. Garrett's parents were employed in Dune Acres by the H. B. Snyder family of the Gary Post Tribune. The Snyders, recognizing Garrett's excellent academic possibilities, sponsored his education through his baccalaureate and master's degrees. He graduated from Indiana University with two Master's Degrees, one in theatre and one in general education. His first teaching job was in Gary at Carver Elementary School teaching speech and drama to first through sixth grade students. He also taught evening classes at Indiana University Northwest which were so successful that he rose to the position of Chairman of the Theatre Department. In 1956, he married Barbara Jean Moore, also a speech and drama teacher in the Gary community schools and he taught ad directed plays and musicals during the entire year at Indiana University Northwest. After some years and earning the reputation of creating some of the most outstanding theatre productions in all of northwest Indiana, his family moved to Bangor, MI to be near his aging parents who lived there. Garrett taught English for three years in this little Michigan town, and then returned to Gary and Indiana University Northwest where he became a tenured professor of theatre and drama. During his later years, he worked in the Department of Continuing Studies where his programs, Glen Park Conversations, Senior University and Lifestyle Enrichment Tours greatly enhanced the quality of life for many older citizens of the community. Garrett leaves to grieve and cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Barbara Jean (Moore) Cope; two sons: Garrett David and Michael Livingston; a beloved daughter-in-law, Patricia Cope; great-grandson, Nave; sister-in-law, Mary Madison; and many other relatives, friends, colleagues, benefactors, and associates. Visitation services will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Manuel Memorial Funeral Home, 421 West 5th Avenue, Gary from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.; family hour 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 2425 W. 19th Avenue, Gary, and repast in the Anderson Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest at 2:00 p.m.

Published in The Times on May 15, 2013