Bert Cooper: More than Six Decades Dedicated to the Steel Industry
March 1, 2012 from American Institute of Steel Construction
Bert Cooper, chairman of steel fabrication firm W&W/AFCO Steel, Oklahoma City, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, at the age of 82. A long-time structural steel industry representative and contributor, he served on the AISC Board of Directors for two decades. In 2008 he received an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication of substantial time and financial resources to support industry research activities, and was instrumental in advancing unified specification.
Upon graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1951 with a business degree, Cooper joined W&W and stayed with the company for more than 60 years, culminating his career as chairman of the board. His son Rick is president and chief executive officer and currently serves on the AISC Board of Directors. The company has provided steel fabrication for some of the nation’s most notable projects, including the New York Times office building, the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium and the World Trade Center Memorial & Museum pavilion.
Cooper is survived by his wife, Terri, and his sons, Rick and Larry.
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