Chatham News

In Memory: Robert J. Cooley, Ed.D.

By: Laura S. Armesto, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
February 21, 2011

I am sorry to inform the Chatham family that Dr. Robert Cooley passed away on Saturday, February 19 after a battle with cancer. For 34 years Dr. Cooley taught generations of Chatham students about photography, composition and design, and was often seen leading groups of students to photograph the campus landscape and architecture while wearing his signature cowboy hat.

Dr. Cooley earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Steubenville, Ohio (now Franciscan University of Steubenville); his master’s from Fairfield University, Connecticut; and his Ed.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington. He was an accomplished photographer with expertise in grayscale and color photography, utilizing both traditional film and digital media. Through the years he exhibited his work on campus, most notably at the dedication of Chatham’s new Art and Design Center in October 2005 and at a 2009 exhibition in the Chatham University Art Gallery in which he showcased photography from his many travels around the country, especially his beloved American Southwest landscapes. Because he was passionate about student success, Bob created the Chatham Pet Calendar to fund the Student Emergency Fund and dedicated all proceeds from the sale of his photographs to the Fund.

We will miss him.

Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Jobe Funeral Home on the corner of Beatty Road & Route 48 North in Monroeville. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at St. Januarius Church in Plum.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review news obituary

Click here to leave a remembrance in Dr. Cooley’s online guest book.

Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at 220 Noel Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146.