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R. Douglas Cope

R. Douglas Cope

Wednesday, August 24th, 1955 Sunday, October 6th, 2019

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Obituary for R. Douglas "Doug" Cope PhD

R. Douglas Cope, PhD, 64, passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on October 6th, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was a son of the late John R., and Marion (Toner) Cope of Michigan. He is survived by his three loving sisters, Melissa Zantello of Creedmoor, North Carolina, Marge Fagan of Avoca, Michigan and Marikay Cope of Orlando, Florida along with his brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews by whom he will be sorely missed.

Doug was a Professor of Latin American History at Brown University in Providence. He was a recipient of the William G. McLoughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences, Brown University. He was a Fulbright Scholar and chose Mexico as his host country. He was also a beloved brother, friend, colleague and teacher. He was an avid reader, exceptional educator and published author. Doug was witty with a great personality, a kind and generous spirit who loved his students and loved to teach. He also enjoyed baseball, music, books and travel. He spoke several languages and was known as a thoughtful and unique gift giver. He lived simply and gave generously to over fifty of his favorite charities.

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Thomas Allen

Doug was one of the kindest and greatest souls that I have ever known. I will miss him greatly.
Comment | Posted at 03:01pm via Condolence
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Jesse Cohen

Doug Cope was a marvelous storyteller, which is what drew me to the first of several of his classes I took as an undergraduate. Whether he was speaking, or writing, or facilitating student discussion, he employed a subtle wit that amplified whatever point he was looking to make without ever excluding anyone from the joke. Professor Cope was uncommonly kind, and it was a privilege to have known him.
Comment | Posted at 09:42pm via Condolence
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Michele Mericle

Doug Cope was a wonderful scholar and an incredible mentor. I'm so grateful for all he taught me, and just to have known him. Wishing peace and love to all who knew and loved him.
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