Robert Bennet Cooper, 82, veteran, engineer

April 08, 2005

Robert Bennet Cooper, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. manager, died of Parkinson's disease complications Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Mays Chapel resident was 82.

Born in Montclair, N.J., Mr. Cooper moved to Baltimore's Walbrook section with his parents, and was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in Guam and attained the rank of sergeant.

He then became a Mercantile Trust Co. teller and later worked as an engineer at the old Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory in Middle River and at Westinghouse Defense Systems at Linthicum. He was a manager for F-16 aircraft radar before his 1978 retirement.

Mr. Cooper was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Union Memorial Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Timonium, where he was a member and had previously served on the church council.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Ruth Timanus; two daughters, Susan Hershfeld of Manchester and Barbara Rector of Sparks; and four grandchildren.

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