John H. Cooper Jr., CLU professor emeritus and former dean of graduate studies, died Aug. 17, 2011, in Lacy, Wash., at the age of 98.
He began his tenure at California Lutheran College in 1965 as professor and chair of the art and English departments and later served as director of summer sessions, director of evening college and acting dean of the college. Following his retirement in 1988, he relocated to Harstine Island, Wash., with his wife, Doris.
Originally from New Jersey, he received his B.S., M.A. and Ed.D. from New York University and worked in the New Jersey public schools as both a teacher and administrator before moving to Thousand Oaks and CLC. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, six children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.