Rabbi to become Senior Fellow at USC

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Rabbi to become Senior Fellow at USC


Published on 28 March 2012

28 March 2012

Rabbi John D Cooper will be following in his mother’s footsteps when he becomes a Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast next week.

The honorary award, which recognises Mr Cooper’s work in establishing and supporting the University of the Third Age (U3A) on the Sunshine Coast and his other community achievements, will be presented at USC’s Graduation ceremony on Wednesday 4 April.

Mr Cooper’s mother, Frayda Myers Cooper, now 89, became a Senior Fellow of USC in 2007 for her part in initiating Queensland’s first U3A on the Sunshine Coast in 1986.

“I am very honoured to receive this award, and I love being associated with this University,” Mr Cooper said. “My mother is still going strong and will be at the Graduation ceremony.”

Mr Cooper, 63, of Buderim described U3A as a mutual-aid, self-help, lifelong learning network, which contributed significantly to people’s lives.

“U3A is about people sharing enthusiasm and it is also an important social network as well,” he said.

Mr Cooper was a co-initiator of the Buderim Community Foundation, was a member for the Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy in Australia, and has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Mr Cooper deserved recognition for his contributions to the region.

“It is testament to his humane outlook that John was a Foundation member of the Sunshine Coast Interfaith Network,” he said.

“He has the gift of showing unfeigned interest in the enthusiasm and knowledge of others, and has delivered numerous addresses on Jewish perspectives.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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