PICKENS COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County, teachers, faculty, students, and the community have lost a long-time leader in education with the death of Dr. Herbert Cooper.
Cooper died Aug. 2 following a battle with cancer but not before leaving his mark on SDPC and its students and the community.
“The news of Dr. Cooper’s passing is a very saddening for all of us who had the pleasure to know and work with him,” said Dr. Danny Merck, superintendent of SDPC. “He has served on our board of trustees for 24 years, and he has left a legacy of supporting education that will have an impact on generations of students. His experience, insight, love for students, and love for his community will never be surpassed. I’m very grateful to have worked with him to build success for our students.”
Cooper, who began his stint on SDPC’s board in 1992, was a lifetime resident of Clemson and a 1959 graduate of Daniel High School. After graduating from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree, Cooper then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree.
After a one year internship at Greenville Memorial hospital, he spent over four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps with one year in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star. He also spent over three years in Berchtesgaden, Germany, where he met and married his wife, Traudl.
In 1973 he returned to Clemson and served as a Family Practice physician in the Clemson and Pendleton area until his retirement in June 2015. In 2013 he was selected to be a member of the inaugural class of the D.W. Daniel Athletic Hall of Fame.
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