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April 24, 2016
January 14, 2016
Dr. Tom. you are missed.
Thank you for all of those years as my physician... I must have lost the same 40 pounds several times over four decades!
November 30, 2014
I recently posted on the LinkedIn ASBP (American Society of Bariatric Physicians) group, about the great mentors, who trained and assisted me with opening my bariatric practice. Dr. Cooper was prominent on that list.

He gave ASBP conference lectures on the neurotransmitters. His mnemonics for them, such as NPY - "Now Pizza Yes", still stick in my mind ten years later, and helped me pass the Bariatric board exam.

I took him up on his open offer to all attendees at the conferences to visit his office, to learn about how he ran his practice. His "charge" for this great service was, "a hamburger", which he refused to charge me in the end. He showed me the nuts and bolts of how he ran the many aspects of his practice, from dispensing meds, supplements and diets used, to taking me into patient follow up visits. I still prescribe "Dr. Cooper's Super Soup."

He gently, in the most Southern gentlemanly way, suggested I be sure to take a "before picture", because he regretted not having a picture of himself to show patients, from before he lost his 40 pounds. I realized that I wasn't fooling anyone with my weight, and I would have to get busy losing it if I wanted to practice Bariatric Medicine. I took the "before" pics, and then the "afters".

I remember a needlepoint of a bear and a girl on his wall in the exam room. He told me his wife made it, and it was a play on "bear"-iatric. I incorporated that theme into my office, which has many bears!

I'm surprised at how often I think of him, including this morning when I looked him up on the internet and found this guest book. He hadn't been to the recent bariatric conferences, and I wondered if he was still practicing.

Dr. Cooper's care for patients lives on through the many Bariatricians he taught, both at conferences, and personally in his office. I was very pleased for him, when ASBP presented him with a lifetime award in Bariatrics, and completely agreed with their choice. He contributed greatly to the training of doctors new to this specialty.

The world has lost a kind and generous gentleman, teacher, healer, and scientist. Sending prayers and my sincere condolences to his family.
Respectfully,
July 24, 2014
I was so saddened to hear of Dr.Cooper's passing. He was an amazing doctor and one of the kindest people I have ever known. No matter where we lived or were stationed, I would make the several hundred mile trip so see him. The world has lost a wonderful person, but heaven has gained another angel.
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