Lynne Cooper. Image courtesy of DOORWAYS.
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A local HIV/AIDS activist has died.
Lynne M. Cooper, one of the founders of DOORWAYS, died Saturday after an 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Cooper, 61, was president of the organization for 23 years and helped turn DOORWAYS, an interfaith AIDS residence program, into the organization it is today.
She received a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Seminary.
In 1998 Cooper was recognized as a Woman of Worth by the Older Women's League. Throughout the years she was also honored with Administrator's Citation from the Health Care Financing Administration, the Founders' Award from Fontbonne University, the Initiative Award from Africans Unite Against AIDS Globally, the Sandra T. Spiritas Red Ribbon Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis, the Women of Achievement Award, and the St. Louis Human Rights Campaign Equality Award.
Cooper also served in numerous state and national boards, including President Bill Clinton's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the National AIDS Housing Coalition, and the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.
DOORWAYS asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lynne Cooper Initiative for At-Risk Youth. The DOORWAYS Board of Directors created this fund at Cooper's request to focus on children and youth.