We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Floyd Cooper last week. Floyd was an amazing artist and a generous educator in our region and beyond. We were honored to have him on our faculty for our 2020 virtual Pocono Retreat. Our community will miss his talent, his humor, and his kindness.
We invite you to spend time remembering Floyd with these tributes:
- Celebrating Floyd Cooper by Tracey Baptiste, from The Brown Bookshelf
- Unparalleled: Floyd Cooper, A Literary Remembrance by Carole Boston Weatherford, from The Lerner Blog
- Publishers Weekly’s obituary
And here is a throwback interview from 2020 when our Illustrator Coordinator, Berrie Torgan-Randall, interviewed Floyd for our 2020 Pocono Retreat: https://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/an-interview-with-illustrator-floyd-cooper-by-berrie-torgan-randall/. It was a highlight of our program to have Floyd join us and do a live demonstration of his subtractive technique.
The Highlights Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of Floyd Cooper. Information about this scholarship and ways to contribute can be found here.
There is also a GoFundMe campaign to assist Floyd’s family with memorial costs. The fundraiser can be found here.