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Memoir

Bernice 
Iola Cooper
Regents' Proceedings 1329

BERNICE IOLA COOPER, who for more than a decade has been involved in physical education programs at the University, has received permission formally to retire from the faculty at the age of sixty.

Professor Cooper earned her baccalaureate at the State University of Iowa in 1932 and gained experience as a supervisor of physical education at a number of Midwestern high schools and colleges while continuing at intervals to pursue graduate study. Having earned a master's degree in 1936 and her doctorate in 1944, both from Iowa, she joined the faculty of Illinois State Normal University as Professor of Physical Education and remained there for thirteen years. Coming to The University of Michigan on an interim appointment in the second term of 1957-58, she was advanced in 1959 to Associate Professor of Physical Education, replacing Dr. Laurie Campbell, who was then retiring, and was concurrently appointed Supervisor in the Program of Physical Education for Women.

A specialist in elementary-school physical education, Professor Cooper coordinated the several sections of the methods course for elementary education majors and the student teaching program for women students in physical education. She herself supervised the student teachers preparing to enter elementary school work. Much of her own independent research had centered in the motor development of children and the measurement of their physical capacities, so that she possessed a special authority in her field. Professor Cooper served ably, as well, on the undergraduate, graduate, and research committees of her Department and continued her long record of involvement with state and national organizations of physical education for college women.

The Regents of the University commend Professor Cooper for her capable and faithful intramural offices and for her effectual liaison work with public school personnel over the past ten years. Consenting with regret to her early retirement, they extend to her their cordial personal good wishes as they appoint her Associate Professor Emerita of Physical Education.