AKA Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.
Birthplace: Shawnee, OK
Location of death: Ventura, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated (ashes destroyed while being shot into space)
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mercury 7 and Gemini 5 astronaut
Military service: USMC (WWII); US Air Force (Col., 1949-54); US Army (2nd Lt.)
Pilot of the Mercury "Faith 7" craft, where he spent 34 hours and 20 minutes orbiting Earth 22 times on 15 and 16 May 1963. He then served as pilot of the Gemini 5 mission commencing 21 August 1965, setting an endurance record of 190 hours and 56 minutes, making him the man with the most hours in space. He retired from active duty in 1970.
In April 2007, two years after his death, Cooper's cremated ashes were briefly rocketed into suborbital space, then returned to his family.
Wife: Trudy B. Olson (pilot, m. 29-Aug-1947, div.)
Daughter: Camala Keoki Cooper Thorpe (b. 16-Nov-1948)
Daughter: Janita Lee Cooper Stone (b. 15-Mar-1950)
Wife: Susan Taylor (m. 6-May-1972, two daughters)
Daughter: Elizabeth Jo
Daughter: Colleen Taylor
University: University of Hawaii
University: BS Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology (1956)
Disney VP of Research and Development/EPCOT (Jan-1973 to 1975)
Freemasonry Blue Lodge, New York Rite, Scottish Rite 33rd
Order of DeMolay Legion of Honor
Distinguished Flying Cross
Cholecystectomy San Antonio, TX (28-Jul-1965)
Visited Disneyland (21-May-1998)
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