After graduating from Cooper in 1942, Murray Sackson immediately put his mechanical engineering education to work perfecting military aircraft and using wind tunnels to test them.
He continued after the war to make a living as an aeronautical expert, finishing a successful career in this field as a researcher in the physics department at Columbia University.
Murray’s lifelong hobby was building model ships. Using the original shipwright’s plans, he would create a scaled-down replica in exacting detail, right down to the knots and rigging. Murray’s model of the HMS Victory took over two years to complete and features an historically-correct navigational chart that can be seen clearly in the wheelhouse upon close inspection. That model now resides in the Naval Museum at The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
When Murray decided to plan his estate, he not only donated two of his larger model ships to The Cooper Union, he also made provisions in his will for the Albert Nerken School of Engineering to receive a significant bequest intended to provide sustainable, permanently endowed funding for advanced programs in mechanical engineering.
Murray’s younger brother, Mitchell Sackson EE ‘54, was appointed executor in Murray’s will. He diligently served in this capacity to close up the estate and fulfill Murray’s final wishes. Mitchell is proud of the lasting legacy that Murray has left for generations of mechanical engineering students and grateful for the chance to help the school they both loved and appreciated throughout their lives.
Although the final outcome for Cooper is essentially the same, Mitchell’s recommendation to other Cooper gift planners is to consider using a revocable living trust to avoid administrative costs and delays, and reduce the hassles and tax issues often associated with the probate process.