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Production manager, retiree remembered

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Video production manager, audio visual specialist and MUSC retiree Norman “Bud” Cooper died suddenly Feb. 16. He was 62.
Cooper began his 37-year career at MUSC working in the Department of Education Services-Audio/Visual Resources as a television maintenance supervisor in 1972. He later moved to producer-director, senior production director and advanced producer positions. During his career, he was a member of the MUSC commencement committee, and helped manage live broadcasts and video recordings of the event. In August 2005, he joined the staff at the College of Health Professions working as a production manager in the college’s information technology department.
A native of Danville, Pa., and resident of James Island, Cooper was born July 3, 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Alice Kline Cooper; sons, Michael of James Island; and Daniel  of Lexington; two sisters; a brother and other family.
Memorials may be made in his honor to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, 125 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

“I knew Bud almost 29 years. I will always think of his kindness and the way he helped people. He will be missed.”
—Wayne Stanley, Educational Technology Services and Distance Education

“Besides working with Bud in the same department for several years, he and I often shared our experiences serving in the U.S. Army. Bud was an infantryman who served in the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Instead of swapping ‘war stories,’ Bud talked mostly about the training he received that would shape his life after his service. That training obviously served him well throughout his MUSC career.”
—Geoff Freeman, Director, Educational Technology Services and Distance Education

“I worked with Bud in the College of Health Professions. He was always the first to try and help when problems arose.  My husband and I spent two weeks last fall with Bud and Alice. We took our RVs and went up through New England. I will always cherish those two weeks and the time we spent with him, Alice and their dog, Jake. Bud will be sorely missed by all.”
—Janis Hicks, Administrative  Coordinator, Dean’s Office, College of Health Professions

“All of Bud’s coworkers at MUSC loved Bud. We will all miss him.”
—Jim Moore, College of Health Professions

“For 20  years, the MUSC College of Pharmacy broadcast a quarterly televised statewide continuing education program. The success of this series was due in large part to the expertise, patience, and support of Bud Cooper. Whether due to technical problems or my poor scheduling, Bud rescued the program and made it appear to the audiences as if no problems had occurred. We will miss Bud greatly.  
—Ronald O. Nickel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy; Former Director of Continuing Education

“Bud Cooper was respected and admired by the entire faculty in the College of Health Professions. His knowledge and skills in the area of educational technology were invaluable, and he was always willing to help with problem solving and special projects. Many faculty commented to me that they loved his ability to remain calm when faced with problems, and he was well known for his dry sense of humor. We are profoundly saddened by this sudden loss.”
—Lisa K. Saladin, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean and Chair, College of Health Professions

“When I first came here—early to mid-1990s—I had to create education to get out into the state. Bud was the guy I could always go to—to get things done, get them done right and to do it with a good attitude and excellent results. He made everything I did a little better.”
—Thomas G. Basler, Ph.D., Director of Libraries; Chair, Department of Library Science & Informatics

“Bud used to serve on the commencement committee at one point, and we worked together on that as well as several grand openings and groundbreakings around campus.  He was a gem to work with—excellent at his work and had a great sense of humor. I loved working with him. Besides work, the only thing he talked about was looking forward to retirement with his wife and traveling in an RV. It’s a great loss to his family and friends that he has left this world.”
—Susan Master, Director of Special Events, Office of Development

“My association with Bud goes back to the late 70s.  Bud always had the technical skills necessary to help his clients succeed, but more importantly he had the personal qualities essential to support services.”
—Glenn Fleming, Ed.D., Department of Library Science & Informatics

“I spent three months working with Bud while he trained me as his replacement. I was referred by some as ‘Bud Light.’  That still makes me smile. When it was time for him to hand over the reins, all I could say was, ‘I’m not ready!’ Bud simply said to me, ‘I could have left a month sooner… you’re ready.’ He was the most professional person I’ve worked with and he was so very patient with me. I work every day hoping I can live up to his standards.”
—Gary J. Melançon, Production Manager, College of Health Professions

“Bud was an exemplary videographer, producer and editor. We worked together on several projects including a successful AHEC-sponsored project that involved producing surgical and clinical dental procedures used to support our dental students as well as continuing education for statewide dental practitioners. Bud was very professional in his job and always provided us with top quality work.”
—Tariq Javed, DMD, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Dental Medicine

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

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