Sanford Cooper Jr.
COOPER Sanford Lee Cooper, Jr. "Sandy", was born March 22, 1932 and died February 11 at home in Sarasota, Florida after a battle with cancer. Sandy is survived by his wife Rena Henri Cooper; his sister Judith Beman of MD; 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Flying was his life's passion. He owned and flew airplanes, including a twin Beech Baron, for 40 years, flying to all 50 states and accumulating 6300 hours of flying time. He was an avid bird watcher, with a life list of 655 species in the contiguous U.S., and 2000 species in 35 countries. In later life he took up nature photography. His bird photographs were published in Florida environmental calendars. He wrote two books; one describing his birding "Big Year" of 1994, and a 2010 photographic essay of the birds of The Oaks Club. Born to Sanford Lee and Anna (Saylor) Cooper in 1932 in Detroit, married Lorraine Peterman and had three children: Jeanne M. (Dr. Bryan) Allf of Gastonia NC.; David Sanford (Patty Draus) of Lexington, KY.; and Elizabeth L. (John "Quincy") Koenig of Cincinnati. He married Marilyn Glenn Woods of Middletown, and had two children: Sarah C. (Benjamin) Blemker of Cincinnati, and Martha W. "Mimi" (David) Gerwin of Knoxville, TN. Marilyn died in 1996. In 1997 Sandy married Rena Henri of Ottawa, Ontario. Sandy joined P&G with a degree in Chemistry from Lafayette College in 1954 and worked on the development of Crest and Head and Shoulders. In 1963 Sandy joined Burke Marketing Research and rose to President/CEO. In 1980 Sandy formed Cooper Research, Inc., specializing in health care survey research. He retired to Florida in 1997. Sandy was a member of The Camargo Club and The Oaks Club of Sarasota, serving on The Oaks Board of Governors and as President 2005-2006. He was deeply loved and respected. Sandy's Life Celebration will be held Saturday April 15 at 11 am at The Camargo Club, 8605 Shawnee Run Rd., Indian Hill. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Springer School, 2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 ( www.springer-ld.org ).
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