Dr. Oscar James Cooper
(1888-1974) was born in
Graduated from the M
Street High School, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Science
Degree, Howard University, 1913
Doctor of Medicine
Degree, Howard University, 1917
Practiced medicine in
Philadelphia, PA for 50 years
Interred at White Marsh
Memorial Park, Ambler, PA Section P, Plot #223, Site #1
finishing the elementary schools of Washington, Oscar Cooper
entered Howard University, where he obtained his
baccalaureate degree and his Doctor of Medicine degree .
Some of the academic subjects proved little interest for
him; for his all-absorbing interest in college was Biology.
His aptness and proficiency along this line drew him to
Professor Just, who was teaching Biology at Howard. So
accomplished was Brother Cooper in this subject that he was
made a laboratory assistant in Biology.
Brother Cooper thus was the link, between our other
Founders, all Juniors, in the fall of 1911, and Professor
Just, the eminent, young, associate professor, who advised
the three young pioneers; Love, Cooper and Coleman.
Brother Cooper early on showed that he believed both in work
and in pleasure. He liked to work; to work hard for the
achievement of great ends, but he also liked to socialize.
Accordingly in the founding of Omega, Brother Cooper worked
unsparingly along with the other Founders many a night until
late in the morning.
Upon completing his medical studies, Brother Cooper settled
in Philadelphia and worked untiringly and persistently until
he built up one of the most lucrative practices to be found
among the physicians of Philadelphia.
He maintained an excellent general library and an excellent
medical library. It was a real inspiration to tour these
libraries and through his office. Brother Cooper was ever
discovering new techniques in his field and efficiently