In Memory of Les Burgess

Les_BurgessWe have lost a dear friend and wonderful colleague, Erdene “Les” Burgess. Les worked full-time and part-time, providing office management, and secretarial support to the Cooper Foundation and to Cooper Theatres, Inc. from July 22, 1974 to Fall of 1993. She managed to retire several times during her time at the Foundation but continued to work as the assistant to our then-chair E.N. “Jack” Thompson through 2002.

On her last retirement from the Foundation, the trustees honored Les for her dedication and goodwill to the board, staff and grantees of the Cooper Foundation, allowing her to grant funds to non-profit organizations of her choice, Lincoln Orchestra Association and the People's City Mission.

Les was a thoughtful, curious and generous person of incredible good humor. She was dedicated to the Cooper Foundation and we are honored to have worked with her.

Read her full obituary here.