Dr. Oscar James Cooper (1888-1972)
Oscar J. Cooper was born in Washington, D.C.
Graduated from the M Street High School, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Science Degree, Howard University, 1913 Doctor of
Medicine Degree, Howard University, 1917
Practiced medicine in Philadelphia, PA for 50 years
Oscar J. Cooper, a native son of
Washington, D.C., cane of God fearing and ambitious parents,
who desired their son to control himself and master the arts
expected of the fine gentleman. So he was taught by his
parents to be punctilious and neat in his dress and
distinctly chivalrous in his manners, never flashy or
ostentatious, . yet fashionable, prim and precise.
Upon finishing the elementary
schools of Washington, Brother Cooper entered Howard
University, from which he obtained his baccalaureate degree
and his degree of Doctor of Medicine. Some of the academic
subjects had little interest for him; for his all-absorbing
interest in college was Biology. His aptness and proficiency
along this line drew him rapidly to Professor Just, who was
at that time at Howard University teaching Biology. So
accomplished was Brother Cooper in this subject that he was
made a laboratory assistant in Biology. Brother Cooper thus
was the link, between our other Founders, all Juniors, in the
fall of 1911, and Professor Just, the eminent, young,
associate professor, who advised the three young pioneers,
Love, Cooper and Coleman.
Brother Cooper early showed that he
believed both in pleasure and in work. He liked to socialize;
but he also liked to work, to work hard for the achievement
of great ends. Accordingly in the founding of Omega, Brother
Cooper worked unsparingly along with the other Founders many
a night until late in the morning.
Upon completing his medical course,
Brother Cooper settled in Philadelphia and worked untiringly
and persistently until he built up one of the most lucrative
practices to be found among the physicians of Philadelphia.
He had an excellent general library
and an excellent medical library. It is a real inspiration to
go through these libraries and through his office. Brother
Cooper is ever discovering new techniques in his field and
using them efficiently.
Interred at White Marsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA Section P,
Plot #223, Site #1