CAPT David Cooper '57, USN (Ret.)
'50's Classes 

Captain David Cooper, the great grandson of the fifteenth Superintendent of the Naval Academy, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1957. Following three tours in the surface Navy and Post-graduate school in Monterey, he was drafted into nuclear power in 1964 and volunteered for submarine duty. Captain Cooper served on three attack submarines and commanded USS Pogy (SSN-647) for four years. He then directed the Special Projects Division, Office of Naval Intelligence. He assumed command of Submarine Squadron SIX in Norfolk in 1980, the largest squadron of operating submarines in the Atlantic Fleet. His last tour was as Commanding Officer, Naval Intelligence Support Center, retiring in 1984 after twenty-seven years.

After retirement, Captain Cooper was employed by TRW from 1984-1994. Fully retired, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Washington and as Vice Chairman of the National Submarine Centennial Committee.

He has been Vice President of the Class of 1957 from 1991-2000, President from 2001-2010 and President from 2016-2020. He is an A&SP Trustee and has been a member of the Presidents Circle for many years.

Captain Cooper was married to Mimi Curlett Cooper for fifty-seven years until her death in 2015. They have three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is now married to Suzanne Garff Cooper. They reside in Potomac, Maryland and summer at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.


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