Dr. Walter Cooper is an advocate for the education of children. As a regent for the state of New York, he served as chair of the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education Committee. He also served on the subcommittees on Quality, State Aid and Low Performing Schools and was the New York State representative to the Interstate Migrant Education Council.
At an early age Dr. Cooper realized the importance of education, which led him to earn his Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He was the first African American to receive a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Rochester. Dr. Cooper then went on to a successful career at Kodak, earning three patents.
The Rochester community has also benefited from Dr. Cooper's knowledge and compassion, being a founding member for the Rochester Urban League and Action for a Better Community. He was also the associate director of the Rochester-Monroe County Anti-Poverty Program.
The above are just a few of the contributions that Dr. Cooper has made to the education of children and the local community.
We are proud to have Rochester City School District School #10 named in honor of Dr. Walter Cooper.