The Cooper Institute

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


The Meyer Society was enacted in honor of the late Fred Meyer.

As a founding trustee of The Cooper Institute®, Fred was a guiding hand for many years before stepping into the
Chief Executive Officer role in 2007, a position he held until shortly before his passing on September 24, 2012. 


The way Fred lived his life, with a commitment to healthy living and stewardship, is one to be celebrated and inspires the important work done at The Institute every day. In his unwavering dedication to The Institute, Fred left a bequest of $1 million to lay the foundation and inspire others to help build a sustaining legacy to ensure the critically important work of The Institute continues into perpetuity.


Out of Fred's generosity, along with the support of his daughter Amy Meyer Barrentine, The Meyer Society was launched.

The Fred Meyer Planned Giving Society provides an opportunity to support the continuation of our research
through planned charitable giving which expands The Institute’s endowment and long-term funding strategy.

The Meyer Society Members:

  •  Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH
  •  Thomas and Shelly Codd
  •  Joseph and Laura F. DeFina, MD
  •  Elmer L. Doty
  •  Leroy Howard
  •  Amy Johnson
  •  Claire Kinzy
  •  Trey Lindsey
  •  Tedd Mitchell, MD
  •  Orville C. Rogers
  •  Roger Staubach
  •  Beth B. Wright, PhD