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Friends and family honor couple's devotion to Hopkins and nursing

Posted May 12, 2017
Sally Rives, a current student in Hopkins' Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Practice program, received support from the Louise G. Thomas Cooley Scholarship Fund. The fund received more than 100 donations from friends and family last fall after the deaths of Cooley and her husband, Denton. Sally Rives, a current student in Hopkins' Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Nursing Practice program, received support from the Louise G. Thomas Cooley Scholarship Fund. The fund received more than 100 donations from friends and family last fall after the deaths of Cooley and her husband, Denton.

Hopkins was the place Denton Cooley, MD (Med '44), and Louise Goldsborough Thomas Cooley, Nurs '48, found their respective callings — and one another. A onetime faculty member in the Hopkins Department of Surgery, Denton Cooley would go on to become one of the world's foremost heart surgeons and a pioneer of heart transplantation, establishing the Texas Heart Institute in 1962 and operating until he turned 87. Louise Cooley's nursing training proved invaluable in 1959, when she was one of the first responders to the Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School bombing in Houston, which killed six people and injured 18.

Although their careers took them far from Baltimore, the Cooleys' hearts remained closely tied to Hopkins. Denton Cooley would serve as a University trustee, and the couple saw one of their daughters, Mary Craddock, MA (Med '74), and one of their granddaughters, Mary Plumb Senkel, Nurs '99, receive Hopkins degrees.

When the couple passed away within weeks of one another last fall, it wasn't surprising that the family, in lieu of flowers, requested donations to entities the couple cared about — including Hopkins. What was surprising, though, was the fervor of the response. Family and friends made 103 gifts totaling $18,050 to the Louise G. Thomas Cooley Scholarship Fund, which has supported students in Hopkins' School of Nursing since 2004. 

Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine profiled a current recipient of the Cooley Scholarship in its spring 2017 issue. Read this article to learn more about Sally Rives, a student in the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program.