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VAPHS’s Rory Cooper Inducted Into Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame

Rory Cooper
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently inducted VA Pittsburgh researcher and Veteran Rory Cooper into its Hall of Fame.

Cooper has been instrumental in bringing the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games to Pittsburgh and serves as chair of the local organizing committee for the event, which VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is hosting Aug. 1-6, 2011. His induction took place June 2 in Harrisburg, Pa.

"Dr. Cooper is a uniquely gifted scientist, engineer, inventor, educator, author, athlete, motivational speaker and public servant," said Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, the state's adjutant general. "He has dedicated himself to improving the lives of Veterans, people with disabilities and service members through advanced engineering and medical rehabilitation research and development."

Cooper directs the VA's Human Engineering Research Laboratories and has co-directed the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's science symposium on research to clinical care and medical rehabilitation since 2004.

Earlier this year, Cooper received the University of Pittsburgh's 2011 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award for his contributions to the community.

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