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Vanderbilt Heir Eulogized

July 27, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Carter Cooper, the 23-year-old Vanderbilt heir who committed suicide last week, was remembered by family and friends as a graceful, honorable young man who had a brilliant future.

″You’re out of pain and with our father now,″ Cooper’s brother, Anderson Cooper, 20, said in a eulogy Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church. ″My father ... wanted us to be honorable men ... Carter was an honorable man.″

Among the 100 people at the funeral was First Lady Nancy Reagan, who embraced Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, after the service. The women are old friends.

Cooper, who had been under treatment for depression, jumped to his death Ms. Vanderbilt’s 14th-floor apartment Friday while she stood helplessly nearby, police said.

Cooper, the son of the late Wyatt Cooper, graduated last year from Princeton University and worked as a magazine writer and editor.

″He had a brilliant future,″ said Malcolm Forbes, who had given Cooper a job at one of his magazines.

Cooper, the third of Ms. Vanderbilt’s four sons, was buried in the family’s 102-year-old plot at the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island.

Ms. Vanderbilt, known for the fashion blue jeans that bear her name, is the great-great granddaughter of railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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