Benjamin B. Cooper Camera shop owner


Services for Benjamin B. Cooper, a founder of Cooper's Camera Mart Inc., will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Cooper, who was 83, died Sunday after a heart attack at his home on West Rogers Avenue.

He had stayed active as a partner in the Hamilton camera shop that he and his brother, Harry B. Cooper, started in 1946. He

often lectured at meetings of the Baltimore Camera Club and other groups and held photographic shows at the shop.

A native of Boston who was reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the University of Maryland law school.

He practiced law for a time before World War II. During the war, he was a Red Cross worker with U.S. troops in the Pacific and later managed a refugee camp in Italy.

A member of the Baltimore Ski Club, he took up skiing at age 60 and continued until his death.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Levin; a daughter, Martha Cooper of New York City; a son, Andrew Cooper, also of New York; and three brothers, Harry B. and Joseph B. Cooper, both of Baltimore, and Jerome B. Cooper, of Washington.

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