Susan and Charles Cooper 2003 Recipients of Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
Susan and Charles Cooper 2003 Recipients of
Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award
DALLAS Susan and Charles Cooper of Dallas are the first
recipients of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award,
presented by Texas Woman's University and the TWU School of
Occupational Therapy. TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart will confer the
award during a Jan. 24 luncheon at the Lakewood Country Club in
Mr. Cooper is known for his role with the Baylor Health Care
System Foundation and as an activist for persons with mental
health and mental retardation disabilities. He retired from the
Baylor Foundation in 2002 and was awarded the title of president
emeritus. He was appointed by Gov. Bill Clements to serve on the
Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board for six years
and was reappointed for another term by Gov. George W. Bush,
completing that term as president of the board. Mr. Cooper
continues to be active and play a leadership role in the Dallas
Association for Retarded Citizens, Dallas County MHMR, Senior
Citizens of Greater Dallas County, C.C. Young Methodist
Retirement Center and the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Cooper has served 30 years on the Old City Park Board.
She also has served as vice president of the Association for
Retarded Citizens, council member for Bethpage Lutheran Group
Homes, capital campaign chairperson for Camp Summit for persons
with life-long disabilities, and as a member of the Women's
Auxiliary of the Alzheimer's Association, Baylor Hospital
Celebrating Women and Family Gateway. Mrs. Cooper currently is
co-chair of the 2003 Games of Hearts Luncheon, sponsored by the
Women's Guild of the American Heart Association, and has
maintained a leadership role in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established
in 2002 and is given annually to a Dallas resident who represents
the caring, commitment and leadership Mrs. Dykes exemplifies.
As a health care provider and through her civic activities,
Mrs. Dykes has spent a lifetime committed to helping others.
Nationally and internationally she's known for her work in
occupational therapy. Locally, she's known for her leadership in
such organizations as the Dallas Opera, Dallas Arboretum and
Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet.
Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program
at Texas Woman's University in 1954 after earning her bachelor of
arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University in
1952. She was director of the Occupational and Recreational
Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25
years, and developed and supervised the occupational and
recreational therapy programs at Baylor in rehabilitation, adult
and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders and hand splinting.
Mrs. Dykes also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support
group for stroke patients and their families in Dallas.
Her community service activities have included establishing
the annual Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School
of Occupational Therapy at TWU; serving on the board of directors
for the Dallas Opera, Theater III, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas-Fort
Worth Ballet, Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas Theater Center
Guild; serving as president of the Diana Dean Head Injury Guild;
and chairing auxiliary board of the Healing Environment Program
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