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Dr.John LaMonte Cooper

May 28, 1941 January 21, 2019
Dr.John LaMonte Cooper
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Dr. John L. Cooper died peacefully in his Lincoln University home on January 21, 2019. He leaves behind his wife of twenty-nine years, Hiroko Takahashi Cooper. He is also survived by his daughters Sarah Foley (Rich) and Charity Pitcher-Cooper, son David Cooper (Cara), their mother Susan Pitcher and three grandchildren Rowan, Rachel and Izaiah. Dr. Cooper also has a sister Roberta Fox (Michael) and a brother Don Cooper (Lindsey Burroughs) and was preceded in death by his parents John E. and Marion Orr Cooper.

John, born May 28, 1941, grew up in Pittston and Bethlehem, PA. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1965 and received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University in 1970. After graduation, Dr. Cooper was hired as chemist for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware and worked there until his retirement in 2001. He worked on many novel materials while at DuPont including Kevlar and Tyvek and holds several patents. He also worked for the joint-venture Toray-DuPont and spent several years living and working in Japan.

Dr. Cooper was an independent thinker and lifelong learner with many interests including the history of the steam locomotive, photography, Jomon pottery, agricultural practices, art, family genealogy and the sciences. His passionate interest in learning gave him the opportunity to cross cultural and social boundaries in pursuit of knowledge. He also knew how to complete almost any home project, raised sheep, and grew a large garden.

John was active in his community through the Jaycees and was a founding member of the Avon Grove Recreation Association which provided sports and other opportunities to the youth of Avon Grove. He was committed to his family, loyal to his friends and provided unwavering support and opportunity for those he loved. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be held Monday, January 28 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, beginning at 3 p.m.

Those interested in donating to John’s cause of choice may send checks payable to: Hickory Hill District Amish Poor Fund and mail c/o Hiroko Cooper, PO Box 175, Lincoln University, PA 19352. Donations in any amount are very much appreciated to support a cause which was very important to John.

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3:00 PM 1/28/2019 3:00:00 PM
Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.

86 Pine St.
Oxford, PA 19363

Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
86 Pine St. Oxford 19363 PA
United States

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