University professor, administrator. Born– 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.
Who’s Who in America, 1980-1981.
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.
Several collections of papers of Weldon Cooper are held in the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.