The Cooper Institute

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



February 2010

The last forty years of my life, I owe my health, in great degree, to my physician and friend, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper.  There is no doubt in my mind that the quality of life I’ve enjoyed is due to Dr. Cooper’s gentle but persistent guidance.  At 89 years of age, I have only a couple of heath issues.

It is rather unusual how I met Dr. Cooper.  Traveling from London through New York to Chicago in the early 1970’s, I was sitting next to a businessman on the first leg of the flight.  He was quite involved in the book he was reading.  When he deplaned in New York, he left his book in his seat.  From New York to Chicago, I read Aerobics by Col. Kenneth Cooper, M.D.   I was quite impressed and immediately called the Cooper Clinic in Dallas and made an appointment.

That was the first of so many physical exams.  Dr. Cooper convinced me early on that taking care of myself was the only way to stay healthy and perform at my best.  After our company move to Dallas, other executives and employees followed my example and started their yearly physicals at the Cooper Clinic.

On one of my trips to Dallas, the subject of the Tyler Cup came up and I was asked to join the competition.  That was in 1975.  Since then I have participated in every Tyler Cup event except two – one because of pneumothroax (found by Dr. Cooper) and the other because I was out of the country on assignment.  

During my annual physical in 1989, Dr. Cooper suspected my prostate could be cancerous.  The surgeon he chose for me went right to work.  After the biopsy and surgery, he gave me ten more years. And here it is 2010!!!

Not only in 1989 did Dr. Cooper save my life, there have been other occasions in which Dr. Cooper had a hand in guiding me to doctors who helped me through life-threatening situations.

Dallas has been my home since 1978.  I have enjoyed my daily workouts at the Cooper Fitness Center.  From time to time, Dr. Cooper has made suggestions that keep me on the right track including working with a personal trainer, taking a good vitamin regimen, and maintaining an active lifestyle.  There is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Cooper cares for  me professionally and personally.

It has been along and interesting life.   Working at Lennox International until retirement; serving ten years with the International Executive Service Corp; serving on President Reagan’s council on Physical Fitness; being blessed with children, grandchildren and a great-grandson . . . these are just a few reasons that I consider myself very fortunate.  Thanks to Dr. Cooper, my years have been healthy, happy and rewarding.  I look forward to many more.

Thank you, Dr. Cooper. Through your Clinic, Institute, research and the many books you have written, you have affected the lives of millions of people around the world.  Mine is only one example.

                    Ray C. Robbins