HDI Mourns the Loss of Former Board Member Esther Coopersmith

The Humpty Dumpty Institute mourns the passing of former Board member Esther Coopersmith, who died March 26 at her home in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Coopersmith served on HDI’s bipartisan Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013. She served concurrently with former Republican Congressman Benjamin Gilman. While on the Board, Esther focused on HDI’s mine action programs in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Esther Coopersmith firmly believed in the need to foster dialogue, HDI’s core mission. She worked closely with Republican and Democratic Administrations and was appointed to high level positions by President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, and President Bill Clinton. Esther served as a Public Delegate within the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, as a representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, and as a U.S. observer at UNESCO.

In 1987, Esther Coopersmith was quoted in the New York Times as saying,  “People need a place out of the public spotlight to meet and talk,”. “I like to make it possible for people to meet each other.”  This has always been the philosophy of HDI; we are honored to have worked with Esther Coopersmith.