Memories of Col. William Cooper

William Charles Cooper

Teacher, Air Force Officer

William Charles Cooper, 92, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and Prince George's County high school math teacher, died July 17 at the Woodside Nursing Home in Silver Spring after a stroke.

Col. Cooper served about 30 years in the military, retiring in 1959. He then worked 20 years as a high school math teacher, primarily at Surrattsville High School in Clinton. He retired in the late 1970s.

He was a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lehigh University. He received a commission in the Army in 1927 and began his active military duty in the 1930s.He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II, commanding various overseas Air Transport Command bases and posts in South America, the Mediterranean and Asia. He also was selected to organize and direct a national recruiting effort for the Women's Army Corps.

His assignments after the war included secretary to the Aircraft and Weapons Board and commander of the U.S. Air Force base in Busy Park England.

He was an avid chess player, Poet, musician, artist and inventor. Prior to his military service, he designed and built a commercial knitting machine.He later created and marketed a board game called Soogie.

His wife of 44 years, Margaret Weber Cooper, died in 1977. His second wife, Goldie Schatz Cooper, died in 1997.

Survivors include three sons from his first marriage, William Cooper of Glenn Dale, John Cooper of Long Island, N.Y. and Dennis Cooper of Brussels; two step-children , Clarence Schatz of Rockville and Muriel Sower of Fresno, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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