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Frank Edward Cooper
Regent's Proceedings 1084

The death of Frank Edward Cooper, Detroit attorney who had for more than twenty years devoted a part of his professional life to the University's Law School, is deeply mourned by his fellows in legal practice and in the teaching of law. He was fatally stricken at his home in Grosse Pointe on the sixteenth of February at the age of fifty-seven.

A native of Detroit, Professor Cooper earned baccalaureate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University in 1931 and 1934 respectively, reaping academic honors at each step of the way. He then joined the Detroit firm of Beaumont, Smith and Harris, with which he remained until his death. To satisfy his continuing interest in academic law, he taught also in the Wayne University Law School. In 1947, he began to teach in the Law School here, and, as this service became regular, he was appointed to the permanent faculty. This year, he was devoting half of his time to his duties as Professor of Law.

Professor Cooper taught courses and seminars in administrative law and legal writing, and had recently become adviser to a new Journal of Law Reform edited by Michigan students. His continued involvement in legal practice lent alertness and immediacy to his teaching and his counsel. He was, furthermore, a national authority in the fields in which he taught: he had been councilman and chairman of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association, consultant to a Hoover Commission task group and to a Senate subcommittee treating of administrative procedure, and an influential member of other committees and commissions in the field. His many books and articles, most of which were addressed to topics upon which he was specially expert, included also a general introduction to legal study, Living the Law-a reflection of his earnest and thoughtful commitment to his profession at large.

As teacher, attorney, citizen, and churchman, Professor Cooper rendered to his fellowmen far more than his meed of reasonable service. The Regents of the University confess their respectful esteem for his professional accomplishments and stand in reverence before his personal worth. As they extend their sympathy to Mrs. Cooper and his sons, they would make known to them in especial the honor and gratitude in which The University of Michigan holds his memory.

Vice-President Smith commented that he had known Professor Cooper for twenty years, and during that time had never known him to have other commitments to interfere with his scheduled classes. This was a hard thing to achieve, yet, he said, it indicated the kind of devotion Professor Cooper had to his University.

Vice-President Stirton added his words of affection for Professor Cooper; he said he shared the admiration for him as expressed by Vice-President Smith.