Dr. Howard Cooper

Dr. Howard Cooper is a lifelong Lake County resident who used his medical and dental expertise to assist thousands of Lake County residents to maintain their health over the years. Dr. Cooper has also volunteered his time and expertise as a forensic specialist to help Coroners and Medical Examiners across the country to identify human remains.

Dr. Cooper has worked as a part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) to identify victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks in the United States. One of the first professionals to join the forensic identification tasks beginning on September 11, 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, Dr. Cooper was flown to New York by the U.S. Air Force on a C-130, along with his team, on September 12. There he worked until the end of September and over Thanksgiving to help identify victims who were pulled from the rubble.

In addition, in 2005, Dr. Cooper spent five weeks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There, as part of DMORT WMD, he was involved in recovery, decontamination, and identification of victims of the historic hurricane.

Doctor Cooper was elected in 2016 to his first term as Coroner. He ran because the citizens of Lake County needed a coroner who is a leader. Under his leadership, the Lake County Coroner’s office became accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. All Lake County’s Deputy Coroners are now boarded by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Coroner’s Inquests have been re-instituted for all officer involved and in-custody deaths in an effort to increase transparency.

Many of our high school students have been educated about the deadly consequences of opioid use, addiction, and making good choices.