The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


A Tribute to David Glass by Dr. Cooper

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Thursday, Dec 17, 2020

I first met David Glass at The Cooper Clinic in 1984. He had been referred to this clinic by our mutual friend, Drayton McLane.

Immediately, I was impressed with David because not only of his amazing accomplishments with Sam Walton and the Wal-Mart Company, but the humility and sincerity of this very fine gentleman.

During the 36 years that he was seen annually for his Cooper Clinic evaluation here in Dallas, he was seen by other physicians. I had the privilege of taking over his care in 2010 and that became a very close relationship in managing his medical care for the next 10 years.

He became a very prominent member of the Board of Trustees at The Cooper Institute and faithfully attended the annual meetings. In addition, he was very generous with his contributions to The Cooper Institute and continued to advocate for life-long health and wellness through research and education. 

As a result, there have now been three generations of Glass family members who have come to the Cooper Clinic and now are long time members of the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

The relationship I had with David was both professional and personal. I sought his wisdom regarding The Cooper Institute and its future, trying to follow his business recommendations which have contributed enormously to the success of the entire Cooper Aerobics Center organization, but most of all I treasured his friendship.

I miss seeing him on a fairly frequent basis, but as I look around the campus here at The Cooper Aerobics Center, I see things that have made it successful as a result of following his leadership.

His family preserves his legacy as a humble civil servant who lived a good healthy and active life — Well. Into the Future. 

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