Lowell Cooper, GC Vice President,
Receives Loma Linda University Honor

Adventist leader is also an LLU alumnus

BY LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY, with Adventist Review staff

Loma Linda University presented its highest academic honor to Lowell C. Cooper, granting him an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the June 12 commencement ceremony for the School of Public Health. Cooper is a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and chairs the Loma Linda University boards.

The honorary doctorate “recognizes outstanding contributions to the welfare and the enrichment of the university, the state, the nation, or the world,” said provost Ron Carter, in presenting the degree.

Cooper embodies Loma Linda University’s values, said Carter. The university’s stated core values are compassion, integrity, excellence, freedom, justice, purity/self-control, and humility.

Furthermore, Cooper’s effective leadership has enabled the university to “further the realization of our historic vision and mission ‘to make man whole,’ ” Carter added.

HONOR CONFERRED: Loma Linda University president Dr. Richard Hart (left) and provost Ron Carter (right) confer on Lowell Cooper, a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, his honorary doctorate of humane letters. [PHOTO:LLU]
LLU president Dr. Richard Hart agreed: “I want to add my thanks to Lowell,” he stated. “It’s been a privilege for the past 10 years on behalf of the university to sit on the boards with him. He has guided this university through many challenges, many changes, as an absolutely excellent board chair.”

Cooper is also an alumnus of Loma Linda University, having graduated with a master’s degree in public health in 1978.

Responding to the award, Cooper told the Adventist Review, “It has been a privilege to be associated with Loma Linda University’s governance for the past 10 years.  It is also a wholly unexpected honor to receive recognition from the School of Public Health.”

Lowell Cooper began his denominational service in 1969 as a pastor for the Peace River district of the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. From 1973 to 1977 Cooper directed the Lay Activities Department of the Alberta Conference.

In 1978 the Coopers relocated to Lahore, Pakistan, after he accepted a dual assignment as director of the Lay Activities and Sabbath School departments. In 1980 he was appointed to a similar position in the Southern Asia Division in Pune/Hosur, India. He continued in this assignment until 1985, when he transferred to that division’s Church Ministries Department.

Cooper was secretary of the Southern Asia Division from 1990 to 1994, when he returned to the United States to serve as an associate secretary of the General Conference. In 1998 he was elected to the position he currently holds as a general vice president of the Adventist world church.

Pastor Cooper and his wife, Rae Lee (née Figuhr), are the parents of two adult children—Jondell Roy and Todd. n

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