G. Arthur Cooper (February 9, 1902–October 17, 2000) was a president of The Paleontological Society and at the 1957 meeting reinstituted the long dormant custom of the presidential address. He helped design The Paleontological Society medal and, in 1964, was its second recipient. Although Dr. Cooper received other major honors for his efforts in invertebrate paleontology, he was particularly proud of this recognition by his peers.

Cooper was interested in minerals when young but, upon attending Colgate University, he came into contact with the Middle Devonian Hamilton Group fossils at the campus quarry and was a paleontologist thereafter. His bachelor...

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