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Son of Bolivar minister Cooper establishes fund in father's honor

Tom Cooper, right, with his parents, David and Margaret Cooper. (Photo by Angela Abbamonte)
Tom Cooper, right, with his parents, David and Margaret Cooper. (Photo by Angela Abbamonte)

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 20, 2008 – A special fund at Union University will honor Union graduate and longtime Bolivar minister David Cooper.

Cooper’s son Tom, a media ethics expert and professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College in Boston, has established the David Cooper Legacy Fund to recognize his father. Tom Cooper is serving as scholar-in-residence at Union this semester, and he presented the first gift and announced the fund during a Nov. 13 lecture in the Carl Grant Events Center.

“He’s a man of God,” Tom Cooper said of his father. “He’s very humble, very modest and always gives the credit to others. “I wanted to do something that would honor Dad well past his passing. It will be great to have his spirit live on in a concrete way.”

David Cooper graduated from Union in 1942, and received the university’s education service award in 2000 and an honorary doctorate in 2001. He and his wife Margaret were on hand for the announcement of the fund.

“David Cooper has been a loyal and long time friend of this university,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “His son, Tom, has done a noble and generous thing to establish this wonderful fund in honor of his dad. All of us at Union University are pleased to join in the effort to honor David Cooper in this way.”

Dockery said the fund would be used to support the new student commons building.

Contributions to the fund can be made payable to Union University and sent to David Cooper Legacy Fund, Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, Tenn., 38305. For more information, call (800) 338-6644.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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