Dr. Cooper, a one-time anatomy Professor at the LSU Medical School, was also well-renowned for his poetry. Recognized for his “consistently good work in poetry” by a forum of the National Writers Club in 1951 and awarded the position of Louisiana Poet Laureate from 1973-1976, Dr. Cooper is a common subject of our Newspaper Clippings Digital Collection. Though the Isché Library does not own any of his poetry collections, they are available through InterLibrary Loan.
Excerpted below is a poem from one of his collections dedicated to a previous “Glimpse of the Past” honoree, Dr. Frank N. Low. I would like to share this poem with our new and returning students, who will surely feel the “grind” immediately upon returning to classes: