2000 - FOOTBALL
A Clairton native, Dr. Walter Cooper
attended Washington & Jefferson College on a W & J Alumni football
scholarship and played halfback along side another Washington-Greene
Hall of Fame inductee, Deacon Dan Towler.
He had lettered in football, basketball and track at Clairton and was
named an All-Mon Valley halfback. Because of his relatively small
stature, he recalls "being ignored" a bit when beginning his gridiron
career at Jay, but he turned out to be the best blocking back the team
had and he averaged 55-60 minutes a game as an offensive and defensive
back. He won second team Pennsylvania Small College honors in 1947 and
honorable mention in 1946 and 1948.
He was being scouted by the Los Angeles Dons of the old All-American
Football League in 1948, but a knee injury ended his football career on
the fifth play of the first game of the 1949 season.
Dr. Cooper graduated from W & J in 1950. He received his doctorate in
Physical Chemistry at the University of Rochester in 1956, the same year
he began his career as a research chemist at Eastman Kodak's Research
Laboratories. He holds honorary Doctoral degrees from W & J, in 1987,
and Nazareth College at Rochester, NY in 1993. He received the W & J
Distinguished Alumni Award in 1968. He has received a number of honors
and awards for his professional achievement and community involvement.
After serving in several senior research administrative positions, Dr.
Cooper was named Manager of the Office of Technical Communications in
1985, assuming supervisory responsibility for the publications and
technical reports of 2,300 Eastman scientific and research personnel. In
addition, he managed a special Office of Innovation for research. He has
published a wide variety of scholarly papers in the fields of physical
chemistry and the chemistry of photographic film. The holder of three
patents, he retired from Eastman in 1986.
Dr. Cooper was first elected Regent for the New York Seventh Judicial
District at a joint session of the legislature in April, 1988, to fill
the balance of a term resulting from a resignation. He was elected to a
full seven-year term in April, 1991. The Seventh Judicial District
covers the counties of Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca,
Steuben, Wayne and Yates.