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Community stalwart dies aged 94

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A well-known musician, teacher and charity worker has died aged 94.

Dorothy Cooper, of Chesterfield, set up a branch of Save the Children in the town in 1958.

She later became a voluntary member on the UK committee of the Save the Children Fund and regularly met Princess Anne, the head of the organisation.

As well as her charity work, she was a highly-skilled musician, having been educated at the Royal Masonic School For Girls and later at the Royal Academy of Music.

She went on to teach music in several local schools, passing her skills on to budding young children.

Dorothy, along with her with husband Bill, travelled the world after their three daughters had grown up and took her musical talents with her. She played the organ in famous cathedrals across Serbia, Helsinki, Denmark, France and at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Her passion meant she never stopped learning – at the age of 85 she completed an arts degree at the Open University.

 

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