Born in Manhattan, N.Y., Mr. Cooper served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, in the European and Mediterranean theatres, and received the European, African, Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Rifleman’s Badge and was a Technician 5th Grade. He attended the University of Delaware and George Washington University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. He was awarded a Master of Arts in psychology from Boston University in 1951. In 1952, he married Bette Capin. Before moving to Arizona in 1954, they lived in Rahway, N.J., and owned a dress shop. From 1956 to 1997, Mr. Cooper was a partner at Capin Mercantile Corporation in Nogales, Ariz., and oversaw the women’s ready-to-wear division. He was a founding member of the Family Guidance Center in Nogales.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his sisters, Arleen Resnick and Claire Barondess, and brothers-in-law, Hyman Capin and Robert Stuchen. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Bette Capin Cooper; son, David (Liane) Cooper of Tucson; brother-in-law Harlan (Felice) Capin of Tucson; sisters-in-law Debbie Capin (Irving) Rosenberg and Vicki Myerson Alpert of Tucson; and a grandson, Michael Cooper.
Services were held at Nogales Jewish Cemetery with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Cantor Janece Cohen of Congregation Or Chadash officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 or Sarver Heart Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724.