A Milwaukee native, Dr. Copper graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. degree and later he was honored with a Doctor of Science in 2006. He received an M.D. degree Washington University in St. Louis in 1961. A residency in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Services of the Boston City Hospital and fellowship there in hematology/oncology followed. Dr. Cooper then became a clinical associate of the National Cancer Institute. He served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania and directed the cancer center at the later. In 1985, he returned to his native Milwaukee as Dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cooper published extensively. He was awarded the Casterline Award for Excellence in Writing from the Federation of State Medical Boards. The Medical College of Wisconsin and the state of Wisconsin each presented him with Distinguished Service Awards. After leaving the position as Dean in 1994 he founded the College's Health Policy Institute, an interdisciplinary program for studying bioethics/statistics, epidemiology, patient care/outcomes and public health. In 2005, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania as Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of health Economics. Source: "Engbring, Norman H. An Anchor for the Future: a history of the Medical College of Wisconsin, 1893-1990. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1991. pps. 378, 399"