JULIA SCHOO

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SCHOO JuliA Cooper Schoo Whose keen appreciation for art and journalism helped to secure the financial future of the National Press Club and its nonprofit Journalism Institute, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at her home in Bethesda. She was 69. Schoo spent most of her professional career at the Press Club where she rose to become executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI), the Club's professional training and press freedom center. Schoo helped lead the Club and the Institute through the complex process to auction "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor," a gift from the iconic American artist. The sale of the painting by Christie's in 2015 brought in nearly $11 million - a sum that enabled the NPCJI to expand its work as a training center for journalists and as an advocate for press freedom. More recently, Schoo had sharpened her focus on press freedom, including assisting with the successful campaign to free Jason Rezaian. Schoo also played a pivotal role in the Club's effort to free Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, the Club's 2017 Press Freedom Honoree and an asylum-seeker who has been held in a detention facility in El Paso, TX since December 7. Schoo coordinated the legal strategy and organized a coalition of 19 journalism groups to advocate for Gutierrez release - a case that is still pending. The daughter of Bertram Cleveland Cooper and Constance Lang Cooper, Schoo was born near Charlottesville, VA. She attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA., and went on to graduate from Sullins College. She is survived by her son, Carter W. Schoo of Great Falls, VA., her daughter, Margaret Schoo Pickens, her, grandson James Henry Pickens, and her granddaughter, Elsa Marie Pickens, all of Bethesda, MD. Schoo also leaves behind two brothers; Anthony L. Cooper of Pinson, AL. And Bertram C. Cooper of Fairfax, VA. Schoo was an active member of Christ Church, Georgetown, and a memorial service will be held for her there on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. A celebration of Schoo's life will take place at the National Press Club on July 10 at 6 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to: Christ Church, 3116 O St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 or the National Press Club Journalism Institute, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. 20045. Schoo was an active member of Christ Church, Georgetown, and a memorial service will be held for her there on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. A celebration of Schoo's life will take place at the National Press Club on July 10 at 6 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to: Christ Church, 3116 O St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 or the National Press Club Journalism Institute, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. 20045.
Published in The Washington Post on June 3, 2018
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