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2000 Dr. Cooper Ray

Dr. Cooper Ray                                              Back to Inductee List

Dr. Cooper Ray, a well-known retired physician in Altus, was a pilot during World War II. When the war was over, he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Ray attended Altus Junior College for a short time before medical school. After graduating in 1954 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he began his medical practice in Altus in 1955. He was a practicing physician for 34 years and was active in community, professional, and religious organizations. He was a member of the Jackson County Medical Society and a member of the medical staff of Jackson County Memorial Hospital, and served as Chief of Staff. He served on the boards of the Oklahoma State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Board of Family Practice, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Ray served on the admissions board of Oklahoma University's School of Medicine. He was active in Rotary and a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Altus.