Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1949.
Sales engineer Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, Chicago, 1949-1959, Marathon Electric Manufacturing Company, Chicago, 1959-1960. Director application services S&C Electric Company, 1960-1991. President John Cooper Consultant Services, Inc., Wilmette, Illinois, from 1991.
Chairman book Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Recommended Practice for Protection and Coordination of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems, 1986.
Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (standards medal 1992, achievement award 1997), Industry Application Society of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Married Sophia Jane McDonald, September 18, 1949. Children: Mary Alice, Elizabeth Jane Peek, Melissa Annual.