Joseph Cooper (’07)

Joseph Cooper
09/09/1923 – 03/18/2023
Joseph H. Cooper, age 99, passed away on March 18, 2023 in Houston, Texas. He was born on September 9, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ernest and Virginia Bigger Cooper. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Bob, sister Alice, and nephew John.
Joe was raised under the watchful care of his maternal grandparents Maude and Joseph Bigger. He lived through the Great Depression, was drafted immediately after high school to serve in World War II as a stateside military policeman, and began his teaching career after earning his B.S. degree in Education from the University of Houston in 1959 and his M.S. degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1968.
Joe was an avid reader, home designer and decorator, auto enthusiast, and world traveler, visiting the U.S.S.R, Australia, Fiji, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, and Great Britain. After retirement, Joe moved to Houston in the 1980s to be closer to his brother Bob and family. He served on the Board of Directors at Fondren Place Townhomes as well on various committees at his final residence Lone Star Independent Living.
Joe lived an independent life, with an amazing memory that spanned nearly 100 years. He loved and was greatly loved by his family, including his great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

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