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Nov. 22, 1924-Aug.1, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Cooper Jr., Dean Emeritus of Auburn University School of Pharmacy, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Rochester, N.Y. He is predeceased by his wife, Hazel Strickland Cooper (1925-2008).

Ben was born on Nov. 22, 1924, in Warsaw. He was the son of Benjamin F. Cooper Sr. and Macy Jones Cooper. Surviving children are Ben F. Cooper III (Suzie) of Monroe, La.; Caran Yurgelun (Kenneth) of Penfield, N.Y.; and Cana Farr (Keith) of Madison, Ala.

Dr. Cooper earned his A.B., B.S., M.S. and PhD ('56) from UNC Chapel Hill. He held teaching and administrative positions with the Schools of Pharmacy at UNC, Oregon State University ('57-'61), University of Georgia ('61-'65), Northeast Louisiana University ('66-'73), now University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Auburn University ('73-'87).

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Dr. Cooper held memberships in Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Chi, Rho Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Lambda and local, state and national professional organizations. He was a fellow/scholar of The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, recipient of The Bowl of Hygeia, Pharmacist of the Year Award (Louisiana) and UNC Pharmacy Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Ben was a lifelong Sunday School teacher and deacon. After retirement, he and Hazel moved back to North Carolina, eventually settling back in their hometown of Warsaw. He stepped back behind the counter as a registered pharmacist for many years, and enjoyed his passions of church, family, golf, travel and service to veterans.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to UNC School of Pharmacy Student Scholarship Fund at www.alumni.pharmacy.unc.edu. Family can be reached at 5 St. Ebbas Drive, Penfield NY 14526. Facebook page: Ben F Cooper Jr.


Published in Obituaries on August 7, 2011 12:25 PM