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Dr. George Cooper IV
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church
    71 Broad Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Gazes Cardiac Research Institute at MUSC
    18 Bee Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I was a doctoral student in Dr. Cooper's lab from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Cooper nurtured me intellectually and enabled my growth as a research scientist....Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Bruce Parsons, Ph.D. - FL

“Dear Cooper Family, I just learned of George's passing. He was such a kind and intelligent man who fought a very brave battle against his cancer....Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Stacey Harrelson, RN, CCRC - SC

“To The Cooper Family. I was associated with George since his arrival at the VAMC & MUSC. I gained enormous respect for his intellect, motivation,...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Julius Sagel - Charleston, SC

“My condolences to the Cooper family. George was an internationally respected and admired cardiovascular scientist, who influenced the careers of...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Allen Samarel, MD - Chicago, IL

“Dear Elizabeth and family I am sorry to that Dr Cooper passed away last week. I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to you and your...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: yoshitoshi urabe

“Dear Elizabeth and family - We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sons went to Trident Academy together for a few years. Please know you are...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Julie and Sal Moscatello - SC

“To the family of Dr. George Cooper IV, I had the pleasure to meet and work with Dr. Cooper from 2009-2011 as one of the postdoctoral fellows...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Mona Li - Cincinnati, OH

“Dear Will, Amanda, Josie and Grant, We hope you will find comfort in knowing you are in the hearts and minds of so many people who are very sorry...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: The Eddingtons

“Dear Cooper Family, Please know that the Maplebrook Family joins you in your grief over the loss of George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Lori Hale - Amenia, NY

“Bob and I send our heartfelt condolences... our prayers are with you Betsy and your boys ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Emilie Hoppe - Amana, IA - friend

“On Saturday we lost a dear friend and an outstanding clinician/investigator and mentor. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Rita Young

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be truely missed. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Griffin

Football game tailgating 1963 “He was a lot more than a brother-in-law to me - he was a big brother during those "in between" college and early career years when I was not sure who...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Betsy - Boston, MA

“Elizabeth - you have been on my mind recently - fondly. So sorry for your loss. I remember the poem about the baby and now, James must be all grown...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Anna Blythe - Adams Run, SC

“Betsy, I am so sorry to read of your loss. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. You have lost a tremendous man in your life and your family...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Renee Nordyke Driscoll - IA


George Cooper IV, MD, 69, died peacefully at his home in Charleston on Saturday, April 28, 2012, after a nine-year struggle with cancer. The relatives and friends of Dr. Cooper are invited to attend his memorial service Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Episcopal Churchyard as well as a reception in the parish hall. The family will receive friends in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, Tuesday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Cooper, director of the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina and chief of cardiology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, was an internationally recognized expert in heart physiology and leader in research into the causes of heart failure.
He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and his Internal Medicine training at Case Western Reserve University. He then pursued laboratory research training at the Mayo Clinic, received a cardiology fellowship at Duke University, and conducted research at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda.
He went on to pursue an academic career at the University of Iowa and subsequently Temple University, where he was the director of basic cardiovascular research. In 1985 Dr. Cooper moved to the Medical University of South Carolina as professor of internal medicine and physiology and chief of cardiology at the VA Medical Center. In 1994 Dr. Cooper was appointed director of the Gazes Institute.
Dr. Cooper authored more than 80 original scientific articles and 10 book chapters in the field of cardiac mechanics, including a seminal paper in Science describing the role of microtubules in cardiac hypertrophy. He served on the editorial boards of major cardiology journals and specialized boards of the NIH and the VA. He was a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and received the highly prestigious Louis N. Katz Basic Science Research Prize of the American Heart Association. In 2004 the American Physiological Society's Cardiovascular Section granted him its Carl Wiggers Award in recognition of his career-long research achievements. He was also a member of the Society for the Relief of Families of Deceased and Disabled Indigent Members of the Medical Profession of the State of South Carolina.
Dr. Cooper is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Roemig Cooper, and four sons: George (Caroline) of Alexandria, VA; F. Cullen of Greensboro, NC; William Wise (Amanda) of Winston Salem, NC, and James Andrew of Charleston, SC as well as four grandchildren and two sisters: Juliet Dankmeyer (Rognald) of San Mateo, CA, and Mary Howard Ellis (John) of Kilmarnock, VA.
Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 71 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401, or the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute at MUSC, 18 Bee Street, Charleston SC 29401.