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Nathan Cooper
Colonel, United States Air Force
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Colonel Nathan Cooper, Medical Service Corps, United States Air Force, retired, of Washington, DC, died Saturday, September 20, 2003. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 25, 1918 to the late Benjamin Cooper and Sarah (Marinsky) Cooper.

Colonel Cooper was a career military officer, hospital administrator and pharmacist. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Memphis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters in Public Health and Hospital Administration. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He graduated from the Army Officers Candidate School in 1945 as a second lieutenant. In 1950, he transferred to the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps. In 1963 he was promoted to Colonel.

Colonel Cooper had a distinguished military career. He served in various assignments with the Medical Service Corps during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Other assignments during his career brought him to Washington, DC, to include Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Headquarters USAF, Office of the Surgeon General, the Pentagon. Upon retirement from active duty in 1970, Colonel Cooper resided in Newport News, Virginia, and served as a hospital administrator and later as a health care consultant and pharmacist.

He was a Master Mason of Lodge No. 236 of F. and A.M., Gadsden, AL, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of National Sojourners. He was a past member and trustee of St. Matthews Anglican Catholic Church, Newport News.

Colonel Cooper married the former Ernestine Pitman of Findlay, OH on August 30, 1942. She predeceased him on March 13, 2001. Immediate survivors include their two sons, David Nathan Cooper of Washington, DC and Jonathan Wyatt Cooper; three grandchildren, Wyatt Clayton Cooper, Lynne Bradshaw Cooper and Sara Rene Pitman Cooper and daughter-in-law, Kay Lynne Clayton Cooper, all of Ellicott City, MD; and a brother, Daniel Cooper of Birmingham, AL and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two older brothers, Herman Cooper and Charles Cooper.

 Funeral service will be held at Christ the King Anglican Catholic Church, 2727 O St., NW, Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007 on Monday, November 3, 2003 at 12 noon with the Reverend Charles H. Nalls officiating.

Graveside service and interment with Full Military Honors will follow at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Nathan and Ernestine Cooper Memorial Fund at Christ the King Church.

Nathan Cooper Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006


Posted: 27 December 2003 Updated: 18 September 2005 Updated: 20 August 2006