giv i n g Anne Cooley and Judge Sidney Cooley
Larry Cooley and His Wife, Marina,
Honor His Parents’ Legacy of
The Judge Sidney M. and Anne V. Cooley Endowed Scholarship is
for law students with demonstrated academic merit and financial
need. Larry said he made the gift to continue his parents’ extraordinary legacy of giving back. “I want to help make it possible for
future generations of lawyers-in-training to follow in what my dad
considered to be a truly noble profession,” said Larry.
A passion for helping others has long been a family affair for
the Cooleys. Because of their outstanding service to the community, Judge Cooley and his wife were each honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious William Pynchon Award,
awarded by the Ad Club of Western Mass for distinguished service
to the community.
Judge Cooley, a legendary figure in Massachusetts law, is
remembered for his wisdom and compassion on the bench—with
a reputation for not being interested in delivering punishment as
much as justice. “In every case, he was looking for the fairest and
most humane resolution,” said Larry. He served as a special justice
in Franklin District Court in Greenfield, MA, from 1960 to 1973.
Then he was appointed presiding justice of Western Hampden
District Court in Westfield, MA, until his retirement from the
bench in 1983.
His eagerness to assist people in need was evident when he was
a major in the U.S. Army: after serving in the European Theatre in
World War II, he was appointed judge and then military governor
in Bayreuth, Germany, where he relocated displaced survivors of
Nazi concentration camps. He also set up an agricultural school in
Bayreuth so that Jews emigrating to Israel would have a marketable
skill when they arrived. “This experience was a major influence on
his path in life,” said Larry.
Some scholarships are poignant reminders of what good can be accomplished by lives well lived. Indeed, Judge Sidney M.
Cooley L’41/’84LLD(hon)/’01HD(hon) and his wife, Anne V. Cooley, were always known for their generosity, their involvement in the Springfield community, and their dedication to Western New England University. In honor of his late parents,
their son, Larry Cooley, and his wife, Marina Fanning, recently made a $25,000 contribution to their endowed scholarship.