Remembering Kathy Koop
Retired art professor passes away suddenly
Published: Friday, March 8, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 16:03
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College lost a member of its retired faculty on Tuesday with the sudden death of Professor of Art Emerita Kathy Koop.
Koop, 69, retired from the College three years ago. She served Westminster for nearly 40 years as a teacher, artists and mentor.
Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington will hold calling hours on Sunday, March 10 from 3-5 p.m. No formal service is scheduled.
Koop taught as a visiting professor at Institut Taknologi Mara in Malaysia and as a visiting scholar at Western Carolina University. Her works in clay and wood have been the focus of national and international exhibits. She received her undergraduate degree and masters of fine arts from Indiana University. Koop told The Holcad in 2010 her favorite memories at Westminster involved watching her students fall in love with art.
“The students who learn to create also learn to love what they make.”
Colleagues in the Communications, Theater and Art Department remember her extraordinary talent, heartfelt empathy and genuine honesty.
“All of us who knew Kathy will miss her artistic excellence and enthusiastic personality,” CSTA Chair David Barner said.
Her work as an artist shined during her time teaching, learning, and making art with students. Her work was showcased and honored in 2012 with the Koop RetroSpectacular.
The Westminster College Magazine offered a tribute to Koop's contributions in the April 2010 publication. The following is an excerpt from it:
Kathy Koop has had a rather prolific career as an artist. The results of Koop’s nearly four decades of teaching, learning, and creating were on display this spring, in the “Kathy Koop 1973-2010 RetroSpectacular: Variations in Clay and Wood.”
“It is an extraordinary privilege to share this large body of work with the College and the community,” said Koop.