Second case of West Nile in Boulder County to claim life
The Leeds School of Business recently lost a faculty member. Ned Cooney, 75, a business lecturer at CU, died on Aug. 31. He was the second Boulder County resident to die of West Nile Virus this season.
Cooney, diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005, was in the process of recovering when the virus struck.
He developed an acute inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis from the virus, which resulted in his death.
Cooney taught at the business school for 15 years, but his wife’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease and his own declining health forced him to quit in 2006.
Fellow professors feel that he will be sorely missed.
“The thing that stood out to me was that he was enthusiastic about his students,” said Margaret Campbell, an associate marketing professor.
Each year, Cooney had students submit quotes that they found inspirational, whether they pertained to business or not. He would then pass out compilations of the quotes to his fellow professors, a gesture that Campbell said she will miss.
“Personally, he was just a delightful, caring individual,” said Calvin Duncan, an associate marketing professor.
Cooney was well known for his interesting and relevant classes. He often brought in guest speakers from the business world. Students in his classes learned from his 30 years of experience in the business field.
“He brought a great deal of real world experience to the classroom,” said Duncan.
Students recalled Cooney’s class as being helpful later in life, according to Associate Dean of Faculty Cathleen Burns.
“The skills that he taught spanned majors, and was somewhat universal in its appeal to students,” said Burns. “Students really liked him.”
Cooney was also a prominent member in the tennis community. Much of his time was spent umpiring and refereeing tournaments such as the Denver City Open and Boulder Open. Cooney was scheduled to referee at the high school state tournament later this fall.
Memorial services were held Sept. 9 at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
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