July 29, 2014

Sherwin J. Cooperstein

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sherwin J. Cooperstein of West Hartford and Woods Hole died November 16 at JML Care Center, Falmouth. He was the husband of Alice. Dr. Cooperstein was born in New York City. He graduated from City College of New York, New York University School of Denistry and Western Reserve University. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a professor of anatomy at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1948 to 1964 and also served as assistant dean of the medical school. He was involved in cell biology research, authored or co-authored several scientific papers and was a member of many scientific societies. He was recognized and honored many times for excellence in teaching and research.

He moved to Connecticut in 1964, where he was one of six planners of the University of Connecticut Health Center. After the center opened, he became professor and head of anatomy, and was responsible for recruiting and hiring faculty. He retired in 1992 but continued working until his death.

Dr. Cooperstein also worked with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, starting in 1947. He did research every summer at the lab until his death.

Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Cooperstein; a son, Lawrence Cooperstein; and five grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. November 19 at Church of the Messiah Cemetery, Church Street, Woods Hole.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 2 White’s Path, South Yarmouth, MA 02664; or to Children’s School of Science, P.O. Box 522. Woods Hole, AM 02543.

Reprinted with permission from The Cape Cod Times.