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ROSE--Sandra Priest.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art mourns the passing of Sandra Priest Rose, former Trustee from 2004 to 2009 and, with her late husband, Frederick P. Rose, generous benefactor to the school. As a long-time literacy advocate, Mrs. Rose passionately believed in equitable access to education for all students, and worked tirelessly to make that a reality in her work as a teacher and a philanthropist. In addition to chairing the school's 2007 Urban Visionaries benefit, she and her husband gave one of the largest gifts in The Cooper Union's history. Our condolences go to her sons, Jonathan and Adam, and the entire family at this time. Mrs. Rose's commitment to education and the arts will continue to inspire The Cooper Union community. Laura Sparks, President Rachel L Warren, Chair, Board of Trustees.

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Published in New York Times on Sep. 9, 2017.
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August 29, 2020
Sandy will always have a special place in my heart
Barbara Neiman
August 27, 2020
Condolences to the Rose family. Sandra Rose was a wonderful mother, wife, and warm and generous friend to all.
Rhonda Singer
August 27, 2020
I shall never forget Sandy, one of the brightest and kindest women I’ve ever known. A lady to her fingertips.
Helen Fleder
October 8, 2017
Rest in peace dear Mrs. Rose. You were a warm, gracious, elegant lady and will be missed by all who knew you. I am lucky to been one of those. You never failed to stop by and say hello at the office. Joan Hennessey
Joan Hennessey
September 21, 2017
Our deepest sympathy and condolences
Richard, Alix and Evan Cruse
September 19, 2017
Dear Deborah, Jonathan, Adam and all your kin,

You have my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. Though I never met her, I have heard many stories about and comments by your mother over the years, and was always amazed by her acumen and eagerness to help others. She certainly set a powerful example.

I too recently lost my mother and last parent. This is hard. Thankfully, I- and it seems you- got wonderful guidance from our parents that can direct us through loss, fulfillment and happiness.
Georgia June Goldberg
September 14, 2017
Thinking of all of you sending you my deepest sympathy.
Jennifer Rhodes
September 12, 2017
September 12, 2017
As co-chair of the Visiting Committee to the Musical Instruments Department at the Metropolitan Museum, I add my sympathy to those messages already sent to the Rose Family on the passing of their incomparable Sandy. Fred was an invaluable mentor to me and Sandy ably followed in his footsteps. She was always current on our work to strengthen the Musical Instruments Department which Fred had so importantly endowed. She joined our Friends Group, the Amati, so that she could consistently be part of our work, attending dinners and meeting regularly and contributing all manner of gifts and suggestions. Her always engaged and smiling face is much missed. She will not be forgotten.
Sally Brown
September 9, 2017
Our condolences to Jonathan and Adam we embrace at his time of mourning. We Want to thank you and your family for philanthropic contribution to Cooper Union. Your mother will continue to live in lives of many students and made enormous difference that exceed into the future. God bless you and hold you in time of deep sorrow.
Evelyn Ramos artist
Evelyn Ramos
September 8, 2017
Condolences on the passing of Sandra Priest Rose. Sincerely, Rhonda Singer, and the Singer family
Rhonda Singer
September 5, 2017
I am so sorry for your great loss. It is always so very hard to lose a loved one in death. God understands your loss and is near to all those calling on him in prayer. May you look to God for comfort to endure during this most difficult time. (Psalms 145:18) Your family and friends have my deepest condolences
(JW)Nina Taylor
September 5, 2017
You will see Sandra again
Ann R
September 4, 2017
Dear Rose Family,
We were heartbroken to learn that you had lost Sandy. She was a very special member of your family, and we enjoyed the times we spent with her so very much. She was a truly exceptional person, and we had great admiration for all she has done for public school education by founding the Reading Reform Foundation and ensuring its survival. Sandy had a delightful sense of humor, and her friendships meant a great deal to her. She and Fred will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will truly miss her and think of her often. We send our deepest sympathy to you all and hope that your wonderful memories will provide great comfort as time passes.

Dinny and Lester
Dinny and Lester Morse
September 4, 2017
The Rose Family:

May God comfort you during this difficult time,
Matthew 5:4
September 4, 2017
When I heard that my dear friend Sandy had passed away there was a sense of disbelief and shock. Strangely at that moment I was in her garden and about to start Tennis and it was as if I was talking to her when the news broke. I have known Sandy for 17 years and I have come to love and respect her as a friend. Her grace and friendship touched me deeply. She threw open her heart and home and especially her Tennis court to me and I will never forget the many hours of sporting pleasure that I have had there. I spent many a July 4 with her in her home and as we sat and talked looking at the sky it always felt that I had known her for many years, perhaps even from my past birth, how else could t here be such a strong bond between us. I said that Sandy had passed away, but yet I was wrong. She will always live with me and I know that every time I need a hand of friendship she will be there for me.
Varsha Mehta
September 4, 2017
May memories and prayers comfort and console mourning family and friends as she R.I.P in the memorial tomb pain free. Ecc :9:5
September 3, 2017
Dear Rose Family,
I am heartsick to learn that Sandy has passed away. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to her family who will miss her more than anyone can imagine. My friendship with Sandy was special and I feel privileged to have known her for the many years that I did.May the family have strength to deal with their loss in the days to come.
Barbara Neiman
September 3, 2017
I wish to express my profound sympathy at the death of my long time colleague and friend, Sandy Rose. At our spring trustee meeting at The New York Public Library, I was struck once again by her forthrightness, intelligence, commitment, affection, and generosity to the institutions that mattered to her. She has left a significant legacy in the fields of education and literacy, particularly with the creation of Reading Reform Foundation of New York. Her love of her children and family and pride in their accomplishments were always palpable. Sandy was a special woman and made a difference. I shall miss her and send my condolences to her loved ones at her loss.
Barbara Fleischman
September 3, 2017
Dear Rose family, I have the honor of working with some members of the great family and so saddened to learn about the passing of this pillar of the family. To Deborah, whom I will call a friend, I am so sorry for your loss. From everything I have read about her, she left a mark and a legacy of caring and we thank the good Lord for her life. May she rest in peace.
Japhet Aryiku
September 3, 2017
Dear Rose family,
Sandy's cheerful booming voice saying, "Jackie, how are you?" will always be ringing in my heart when I think of her. Thank you for sharing her with us. As I reflect on the precious memories working with her for only seventeen years, I must smile at the compassion and determination she showed for the education of teaching reading to inner-city children. It was a joy to share that with her. May good thoughts bring you comfort as you remember her. I am sad and may God blessed you as you press ahead through your grief.
Jackie Edwards
September 2, 2017
I knew Sandy for many years. I remember her dignity, sincerity, and devotion to the causes she and Fred were devoted to.
She was a true lady, and she and Fred were role models for all who knew them! Now they are together again.
Helen Fleder
September 2, 2017
To the Rose Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
September 2, 2017
A definition of true generosity:
Children and adults,
Students and teachers,
Friends and colleagues
Were inspired by her encouraging and facilitating confidence in them.
One by one, inspired by her energy,
Each rose to her expectation..
And became everlastingly grateful.
louise arias
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