|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2006|
Capt US Army Air Force
351 BG 8 Air Force
World War II
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 6, 2006
THOMAS L. COOPER, SR.
Thomas L. Cooper, Sr., was a long time leader in the Graphic Arts Industry in Atlanta and Georgia. He was born in Statham, Georgia in 1917, the son of William Henry Cooper, Sr. and Ovelia Arnold Cooper.
The family moved to Atlanta while he was a young boy and he was educated in Atlanta Public Schools, at Georgia State University and the High Museum of Art. Mr. Cooper started his long graphic career as a senior at Tech High School, where he participated in the photography, art and photoengraving for the senior yearbook. After graduation he was employed in the art and photoengraving department of the Atlanta Constitution, while continuing the study of art at Georgia State University.
During World War II, he served as a Captain in the Photo Intelligence section of a B-17 Bomb Group in the Eight Air Force in England. He was discharged as a Captain with six battle stars in 1945, and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1957.
After the war he returned to the Constitution and was made manager of the art and photoengraving department in 1947. When the two Atlanta papers merged in 1950, Cooper and Major Clark Howell, publisher of the Constitution, purchased the art and photoengraving department from the papers and incorporated the company as a commercial art and photoengraving company to furnish art and printing plates to newspapers and magazines throughout the South. In 1954 the company purchased their largest competitor to form the Southern Photo Process Engraving Co., the largest photoplate maker in the Southeast at that time.
Throughout his tenure in the Graphics arts industry, he was involved as a leader in association activities. He served as President of the local, regional and International Association of Printing House Craftsmen. In 1958 the Printing Association of Georgia presented him with the first Benjamin Franklin award for his service to the industry. In 1963 the Inland Printer magazine gave him the Benjamin Franklin award as the International Printer of the Year. In 1958 his company was recognized by Graphic Arts Magazine as one of the best 100 Graphic arts companies in the country. Active in civic affairs, he is a past President of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and a past District Governor of Rotary International. The Atlanta Rotary Club has presented him with the Ivan Allen award, the club's highest award for service. A long time member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for service. He is a former Chairman of the Georgia State University Foundation and Chairman Emeritus. Cooper is a former trustee of Shorter College in Rome, GA and a Life Deacon in The Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. He served as Sunday School superintendent and as teacher of an Adult Men's Class for over thirty years. He was a charter member of the Commerce Club and is a Life member of the Capital City Club. During his business career, he was a member of the National Society of Art Directors, Advertising Club of Atlanta, American Legion, Military Order of the World Wars, Scottish Rite Mason, Yaarab Temple of the Shrine, VFW Post 9949, and several World War II historical associations. He had been listed in Who's Who in America since 1963. Tom Cooper was a master photographer. He and his wife had traveled to 39 foreign countries and he had photographs of all of the highlights of those countries. He often would show some of his photographs to Senior Citizen groups at the same time delivering a talk on how to improve your travel photography.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen Brown Cooper; a brother, Judge William Henry Cooper, Jr.; a sister-in-law, Helen Perry Cooper; a son, Thomas Luther Cooper, Jr.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper, Thomas L. Cooper, III; a nephew, William H. Cooper, III; and niece, Catherine Webster.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 or to the Georgia Rotary Student Program, c/o Atlanta Rotary Club, 100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 508, Atlanta, GA 30303. A memorial service will be held at one o'clock on Saturday, April 8, in the Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Inurnment will follow at three o'clock at Westview Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from noon until one on Saturday afternoon at H. M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-261-3510.
Helen Brown Cooper (____ - 2014)*
Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Apr 29, 2012
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