August 4th Memorial Service planned for Professor William "Bill" Cooper
Information update from the Cooper family:
The Cooper family is having a memorial service from 12 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 to celebrate the life of Bill Cooper at his cabin and hunting property, Foggy Bottom.
Foggy Bottom is located on the North side of Fogg Road, in Leslie, MI. Google Map can direct you to it easily. There isn't an address, but the road is fairly short, and there will have signs by the entrance. We will have plenty of food and drinks. The service will be outside and the dress casual, but there may be mosquitoes. We do not know everyone in Bill's professional and social networks, so feel free to share this invitation with friends, colleagues and former students that you think may like to attend. Thank you.
William "Bill" Edwin Cooper, 73, of Mason passed away on November 7th. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, son of Gerald and Alma Cooper. After attending MSU and U of M, he was a zoology professor at MSU for over 30 years. Bill was a devoted teacher and scientist. His research spanned four continents, and included the first use of submarines on the Great Lakes and Lakes Tanganyika and Malawi in Africa. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, equally at home in the woods and at a lectern. He was a regular lecturer for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Senior Executive Service and The Brookings Institution on environmental policy, a member of the National Research Council's Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and advisor for the EPA.
Bill enjoyed life, work, travel, and spending time with his family and friends. Many of his friends became part of his family. He will be remembered for his generosity, wit, and boundless energy. He lost his wife Jean two years ago, and is survived by his children Jill, Jason and Scott, and granddaughter Chloe. He will be missed at hunting and fishing camps across the country.
In lieu of flowers, Bill's family has requested that memorial contributions be made to MSU for students pursuing degrees in the Department of Zoology in the name of Dr. Bill Cooper. Such contributions should be sent to The Department of Zoology, 203 Natural Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.