, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 235-236
Date: 17 Nov 2012

In Memoriam to William W. Cooper

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William Wager Cooper passed away June 20, 2012, at the age of 97. He enriched the lives of all he met, and we are unlikely to see the likes of him again.

Bill’s professional accomplishments are not just numerous, they have been significant, and the ensuing honors and accolades are richly deserved and by now well known. A fine tribute is available at http://www.utexas.edu/know/2012/06/20/cooper-william/. However even this site overlooks an achievement that will be of interest to readers of the Journal of Productivity Analysis who think of Bill as a creator of Data Envelopment Analysis: Bill was publishing papers in Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Accounting Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Econometrica long before the creation of DEA, and even before most readers of the Journal were born.

One professional service Bill enthusiastically provided over many years, which has not yet been acknowledged in the many tributes, is his long involvement with the Journ