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Dr. Ada Cooper

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fall Colors
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1960
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fall Colors
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1960
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Dentist and lawyer Dr. Ada Cooper was born on October 19, 1960 in New York City to Dr. H.H. Cooper, Jr. and Edith Blue Cooper. Cooper graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1978, and earned her B.A. degree cum laude in political science at Amherst College in 1982. She was awarded the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship in Law to attend Harvard Law School, graduating with her J.D. degree in 1985. Cooper completed her D.D.S. degree at New York University College of Dentistry in 2002.

Cooper began her legal career as a litigator at the law firm of Jenner & Block in 1985, and then worked as an associate in the litigation section of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in New York from 1986 to 1989. Cooper returned to Jenner & Block in 1989, and was later named a partner in 1992. After thirteen years in the legal profession, Cooper returned to school to study dentistry. Not long after graduating from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2002, Cooper was selected to be a national spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA). Cooper appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, NBC Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. She was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Women’s Health magazine.

Cooper served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Corporate Counsel Committee, as well as the United States District court, Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also served as a member of the NIDCR “PEARL” Protocol Review Committee, the Greater New York Dental Meeting Seminar Committee, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the New York State Dental Association. In addition, she served as a member of the New York County Dental Society Legislative Committee and the New York State Dental Society Benefits Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys Club of New York, and serves on the board of directors of the New York County Dental Society. Cooper also received many awards and honors, including the American College of Dentists’ Outstanding Achievement Award, the New York University Key Pin Award for Outstanding Achievement, and induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.

Dr. Ada Cooper was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Ada Cooper lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her maternal family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes how her maternal great-great-grandparents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her maternal grandfather's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her paternal great-grandfather's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her paternal grandfather's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her paternal family's interest in medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her paternal family's legacy in dentistry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her father's early career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls her father's entrepreneurship in Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers moving to the Upper East Side of Manhattan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her community on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her community on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers her father's rules
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls her decision to attend Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her and her siblings' education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls joining the law firm of Jenner and Block in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her career at Jenner and Block
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers defending a homeless client, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers defending a homeless client, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers her mentors at Jenner and Block
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes the advantages of workplace diversity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls her decision to pursue a career in dentistry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers her father's support for her career change
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls graduating from the New York University College of Dentistry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Ada Cooper remembers practicing dentistry with her father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about the birth of her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Ada Cooper recalls becoming the national spokeswoman for the American Dental Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her father's innovations in dentistry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her dental practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Ada Cooper reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Ada Cooper describes her advice to aspiring lawyers and dentists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Ada Cooper reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Ada Cooper talks about her children