Harry A. Cooley
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Born on August 8, 1931 in Hollandale, MS, Harry A. Cooley passed on April 6, 2012. Given his humble upbringing in a rural community and on a farm, he could rightly be called a renaissance man. Graduating from Tougaloo College in 1952, where he lettered in football and basketball, Harry commenced his career as an Air Force aviation cadet, earning ratings as a navigator, radar operator, bombardier and later pilot. During his colorful career, he served as Aircraft Commander primarily in B-47and C-130 aircraft, in command and staff positions, and as Professor of Air Science at the University of Akron. During his stint in the Air Force, Harry earned the Masters degree, and upon his retirement entered and earned the doctorate degree from Washington State University. Armed with the terminal degree, he served in administrative and professorial positions at several institutions of higher learning, namely: Washington State University, Coppin State College, University of Maryland - College Park and Jackson State University. He capped his academic career by serving as an administrator for the US Department of Education. While he was dedicated to each position he held, his lifelong passion was tennis. Harry was preceded in death by his parents William and Leona Cooley, and his brother Quintus Cooley (USS Bonefish WWII). He is survived by his sister and brother, Thelma (Roscoe) Robinson and William M.(Lillian) Cooley; Cousin Dorothy Smith;nieces Shelia (Wayne)Fleshman and Toni D. Cooley; nephew Roscoe (Beatrice) Robinson; and dear friend Audrey Smith. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Woodworth Chapel, Tougaloo College. The family will receive friends following the services from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Penguin Restaurant in Jackson, MS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tougaloo College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 500 West Countyline Road, Tougaloo, MS 39174.
Published in Clarion Ledger from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2012