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cooper jackDr. Jack C Cooper of Dallas, passed away on June 26th, 2019 at age 89.  He was a retired ophthalmologist from Dallas and was one of the original COS members along with J Lawton Smith.  He was a J Lawton Smith award recipient.  He authored several articles on applying the Christian faith: "What Prayer Means to Me", "Light of Life", Light for the Blind", "A Physician Shares His Faith", "The Great Physician", and two books, Stewardship and Doctor-Patient Relationships.  

He was said to read the bible through every year throughout his retirement.  His motto was to "preach, teach and heal in Jesus' name"    What a legacy Dr. Cooper has left.   His obituary is below:


COOPER, M.D., Jack C. Jack C. Cooper, M.D., retired ophthalmologist, was born January 23, 1930 as a fourth generation Texan and a native Dallasite. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 26, 2019 after a long illness and declining health. He was 89. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 65 years, Nancy Sellers Cooper- also a native Dallasite. Jack devoted his life and work to Jesus Christ, serving under the life motto, "preach, teach, and heal in Jesus' name". He graduated from North Dallas High School where he was president of the Student Council, high honor graduate and City Tennis Champion. He graduated from Rice Institute in 1950, and was the recipient of an "Outstanding Senior" award and "The Rice Service Award" and was president of the senior class. Following this he attended the UT Southwestern Medical School receiving his M.D. degree and graduating with high honors. Following his internship at Parkland Hospital, he received three years of specialty training in Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then served as the ophthalmologist for the U.S. Air ForceTactical Air Command Headquarters Base Hospital. He was a consultant ophthalmologist for NASA's first group of astronauts, also for the U.S. Army - Continental Army Command and Quartermaster's Command Posts. 

Jack came back to Dallas in 1960, where he established his private practice. He was certified in his specialty and held memberships in county, state, and national organizations. He was a Clinical Associate Professor at Southwestern Medical School and was a sponsor there for the Christian Medical Society. He was president of the staff of Medical Arts Hospital in 1968, and eventually practiced at Baylor Hospital. Finally, in 1994, he merged his practice with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and joined the full-time faculty in Ophthalmology as Assistant Professor where he continued until his retirement. 

Jack believed in treating the "total person", caring for the soul by sharing Christian faith and caring for the body by practicing medicine. He did this in his daily practice and in developing nations across the world. In 1967, he served as a medical missionary with World Vision on a world tour. On this trip, he served as a consultant ophthalmologist to the President of South Vietnam and to the Southern Vietnamese Army Hospital. In 1969, he served as a medical missionary to Honduras with the Christian Medical Society, "CMS", and Central American Missions; in 1971, to the Dominican Republic and, in 1974, to Liberia and Africa all with CMS. He visited leper colonies, orphanages, refugee centers, prisoner of war camps and hospitals. In 1990, he received an award from the Christian Ophthalmology Society "for openly and consistently practicing first class medicine in a spirit of love". 

Jack was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Over his life, he served as a Bible teacher, steward, elder, chairman of missions, chairman of evangelism, and member of executive committees at other churches. In 1965, he started discipling and leading Bible Studies for medical students and doctors. In the same year, he toured Latin America with a group of businessmen with the purpose of sharing the gospel of Christ. He was an active speaker in churches of all denominations. He trained hundreds of laymen, doctors and medical students to share their faith. He was a conference speaker for many Christian organizations including Campus Crusade for Christ's Institute for Physicians and Dentists and the Christian Medical Society. He authored several articles on applying the Christian faith: "What Prayer Means to Me", "Light of Life", Light for the Blind", "A Physician Shares His Faith", "The Great Physician", and two books, Stewardship and Doctor-Patient Relationships. He was the subject of newspaper and magazine articles, radio programs, and both local and national television programs. He also authored several publications in his medical specialty. He filmed and produced a movie about his experiences in Honduras as a medical missionary, entitled "Light for the Blind". The film was shown at a medial meeting at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Dallas Eye Bank and Dallas Executive Association. He also belonged to the Lions Club and Rotary International. He was chairman of the Freedom Education Program, Lay Advisory Committee of Campus Crusade for Christ and Dallas Lay Institute of Evangelism. He served on the committee of Medicine and Religion of the Texas Medical Association. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy Sellers Cooper, children Margie Cooper Downey of Dallas, Daniel E. Cooper, M.D. of Dallas, Mary Lou Cooper of Dallas, John D. Cooper of Dallas, Amy Cooper Lindner of Round Rock, and 12 grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy M Cooper and Margie C. Cooper, his brother, Robert M. Cooper, and grandson, Chad T. Cooper. 

In retirement, he enjoyed time with Nancy, the children and grandchildren, playing the piano, and continuing to read through the Bible every year. He and Nancy regularly attended Sunday School and Worship at Park Cities Baptist Church. He enjoyed sharing his faith with as many people as he could.