JOSEPH SOL COOPER was born in Philadelphia, December 16, 1925 to Dr. David E. & Sadie Goldstein Cooper. His mother was the daughter of Camden businessman Solomon Joseph Goldstein, his three uncles were all physicians, Dr. Hyman, Dr. Leopold, and Dr. Henry Goldstein

Joe Cooper and his older brother Bernard Z. Cooper grew up in Southern New Jersey. Their father Dr. David E. Cooper, was a dentist who had offices at periods in Oaklyn, Camden, Blackwood and Williamstown, N.J. 

In Camden, the family lived from 1936 to 1950 at 919 Broadway. Joe attended the Broadway School, Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School and Camden High School, where he graduated in the Class of 1944. Among his friends during his high school years were Stanton Segal, Augustus D. Whitney III, and Sol Kantor.

After graduation, Joe served during WWII in the United States Navy spending a year in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a Storekeeper, Aviation, Second Class. Joe continued his education, graduating from Duke University (Trinity '50), and attended the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Recalled to military service during the Korean War, Joe Cooper served in 1950 and 1951 with an Army research team testing Chinese and North Korean equipment under laboratory conditions and at Fort Churchill, Canada. Joe's career encompassed the private sector and the United States Federal Government with specialization in international marketing. His business associations included, the advertising agency, McCann-Erickson, Inc., RCA (Assistant Manager, Advertising), and owner of an import/export company. 

In 1963, Joe, presented a proposal to Trans World Airlines that later become a unique marketing program within the company known as, "TWA MarketAir," and he was the corporate manager of this program from 1963-1968. In 1968, Joe received an offer from the Federal Government where he was involved in international programs relating to foreign trade and, with the creation of the new Energy Department, involved with international energy research and development, retiring in 1988 as a senior level career manager. Many of the above assignments entailed extensive travel throughout the world. 

For the past years, he has been active as a private fine art dealer selling fine art to museums and private collectors. Joe's wife, Elaine (Elaine Reiss) died in 2000, and he has a daughter, Diane of Venice, California and a grandson, Luke.