The Cooper Institute

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


Cooper Institute Trustees Recognized and Honored

The Cooper Institute has been extraordinarily fortunate to have Board of Trustees rosters that have been laden with very high profile achievers not only in their specific professional disciplines but also within their community and their respective philanthropic intents. The current Board is no different as is exemplified in recent awards that have been bestowed upon three of our trustees in 2007. [See our current Board of Trustees.]

The 2007 Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award

Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder and chairman of the board of The Cooper Institute, has been named recipient of the 2007 Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. This award is given by the Washington D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian, a nonpartisan institution that explores national and global issues. The award is given to individuals who have served with distinction in public service and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views in the public interest.

Dr. Cooper will be joining other prominent Texans who are past Woodrow Wilson Award Award winners; among them, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, The Honorable Ron Kirk, Joseph Goldstein a Nobel Prize recipient and fellow Cooper Institute trustee from UT Southwestern Medical Center, the late Raymond Nasher and Gov. Rick Perry.

The 2007 Horatio Alger Award

Roger Staubach, longtime Institute trustee, is one of 10 recipients of the 2007 Horatio Alger Award, as the Horatio Alger Association celebrates its 60th anniversary. This award is given to those who have overcome adversity to achieve great success through the American free enterprise system. The award and its annual recipients serve as models and reminders to our country's youth that America still is the land of boundless opportunity for anyone.

As a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and then Hall of Fame quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Mr. Staubach founded and is now chairman of an international, Dallas-based commercial real estate company, The Staubach Company.

The 2007 Linz Award

Ray Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Oil Company and a Cooper Institute Board of Trustees member for over 20 years, has been named the 2007 recipient of the 78th annual Linz Award. Sponsored by the Dallas Morning News and the Zale Corporation, the award is given annually to a Dallas County resident whose civic and/or humanitarian efforts have benefited and impacted the lives of Dallas County residents over at least a 10-year period.

While many of Mr. Hunt's contributions to the city of Dallas are numerous and well documented, he has a preference for quietly going about the business of giving back to his community without pomp and fanfare and does so on a regular basis.

We salute these three gentlemen, thank them for their tireless efforts for so many causes, and consider it a privilege to have them as an integral part of our governing Board of Trustees.