Dr. J. Richard Cooper, 88, of 1241 Park Place, Quincy, died at 10:56 p.m. Sunday, (Feb. 3, 2013) in Blessing Hospital. Dr. Cooper was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Mount Sterling, a son of Harvey Adams and Irma Clinard Cooper. He married Jean Alice Dunkelberg on June 17, 1950, in Glen Ellyn. She survives. He graduated from University of Illinois Chicago Medical School on June 16, 1950. He interned and served his residency in pediatrics at Iowa Methodist Hospital and the Raymond Blank Memorial Hospital for Children in Des Moines from 1950 to 1953, when he was board certified. He then joined the Air Force and was made chief of pediatrics at the Lackland Air Force Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, the premier 1,000-bed hospital of the Air Force, from October 1954 until October 1956. After his service he returned to Quincy, where he joined the Quincy Clinic until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1988. The Quincy Clinic was having trouble recruiting internal medicine doctors, and Dr. Cooper was instrumental in developing the Quincy Family Practice residency program with Southern Illinois University Medical School. An avid lover of music, he played violin, bassoon and cymbals. He played the violin to earn his way through medical school. He also was a member of the Quincy Symphony. Survivors in addition to his wife, Jean, include two sons, Will (Cathy) Cooper of Cary and Steve Cooper of Quincy, and two grandsons, Phillip Cooper of Chicago and Nathan Cooper of New Haven, Conn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Sarah. SERVICES: There will be no service. VISITATION: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: Quincy Public Library or Quincy Humane Society. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2013