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George R. Cooper

Aspen, CO Colorado

George Robert Cooper, Ph.D., passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Crocket Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He was 88.

Private services will be held at a later date for the family. Williams Funeral Home of Columbia, Tenn. is assisting the family with arrangements.

Born on Nov. 29, 1921, in Connersville, Ind., he was the son of the late William R. and Margaret Frederick Cooper. He was a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. His career spanned more than 40 years. During his tenure, he was director of the graduate program in that field. Throughout the years, George was a well-esteemed program consultant for the U.S. Dept. of Defense. He also worked for various defense contracting firms as well as numerous government agency programs.

During, and following World War II, he was involved in developing secure military communications systems and developed significant advancements in U.S. radar systems. George had engineering patents for his work and was the co-author of several engineering texts. He received the outstanding Electrical Engineer Award from Purdue University in 1994. In 1998, following his retirement from academia and defense-related programs, he moved with his wife Lisa to Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Even beyond his hard work and meritorious professional accomplishments, George was a truly great man, with a particularly kind, patient, compassionate soul, and a man with immeasurable integrity. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife: Elizabeth “Lisa” Cooper of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; sons Thomas Cooper of West Lafayette, Ind., Steve Cooper of Lafayette, Ind. and Dave and Elvie Cooper of San Diego, Calif.; daughter-in-law Bland Nesbit Cooper (wife of late son Michael Cooper) of Aspen, Colo.; and grandchildren Lane Cooper of San Diego, Calif. and Melissa Karschner of San Angelo, Texas.