SDPC Remembers Dr. Herb Cooper

SDPC Remembers Dr. Herb Cooper
Posted on 08/02/2016
Herb Cooper

The School District of Pickens County is mourning the loss of Dr. Herb Cooper, a member of the board of trustees since 1992, representing the Clemson area. Dr. Cooper passed away on Tuesday, August 2, after a battle with cancer.

“The news of Dr. Cooper’s passing is a very saddening for all of us who had the pleasure to know and work with him,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC Superintendent. “He has served on our board of trustees for 24 years, and he has left a legacy of supporting education that will have an impact on generations of students. His experience, insight, love for students, and love for his community will never be surpassed. I’m very grateful to have worked with him to build success for our students.”

Dr. Cooper was a lifetime resident of Clemson and a 1959 graduate of Daniel High School. After graduating from Clemson University with a B.S. degree, Dr. Cooper then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with an M.D. degree. After a one year internship at Greenville Memorial hospital, he spent over four years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps with one year in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star. He also spent over three years in Berchtesgaden, Germany, where he met and married his wife, Traudl.

In 1973 he returned to Clemson and served as a Family Practice physician in the Clemson and Pendleton area until his retirement in June 2015. In 2013 he was selected to be a member of the inaugural class of the D.W. Daniel Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Cooper is survived by his wife have two children--Herbie and Heidi--who are both physicians and who were both valedictorians at Daniel High School.

A memorial service for Dr. Cooper will be held at the D.W. Daniel High School Auditorium on Saturday, August 6 th at 2:00pm. The family will greet friends and family in the Daniel Auditorium lobby following the service.

There will be a private burial for Dr. Cooper at Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dr. Herb Cooper Scholarship Fund in care of the Daniel Foundation, 140 Blue and Gold Blvd, Central, SC 29630.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.