COOPER, WELDON, 1906-1996

Biography:

University professor, administrator. Born–Jasper, ¬†November 12, 1906. Parents– Robert Jackson and Eliza Jane (Bean) Cooper. Married– Julia Allen, June 6, 1930. Education– Abilene Christian College, A.B., 1926; University of Texas, A.M., 1932; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1939. Worked at the University of Texas as a research assistant, assistant director, then acting director of the Bureau of Municipal Research, and as an instructor, 1933-1936; worked at the University of Alabama, teaching in the Department of Political Science and serving as an assistant director of the Bureau of Public Administration, 1936-1947; worked at the University of Virginia as professor of government, director of the Bureau of Public Administration, director of the Institution on Government, secretary of the Board of Visitors,¬†and administrative assistant to the President, 1947 until his retirement in 1977; served as an executive assistant to the governor of Virginia, 1950-1951; editor of the University of Virginia Newsletter, 1957-1973. Founded the Weldon Center for Public Service at UVA; it is named in his honor. Died May 16, 1996.

Source:

Who’s Who in America, 1980-1981.

Publication(s):

Metropolitan County, a Survey of Government in the Birmingham Area. University, Ala.; Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1949.

Municipal Government and Administration in Alabama. University, Ala.; Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1949.

Papers;

Several collections of papers of Weldon Cooper are held in the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.