April 11, 1941 - March 30, 2021
Harry Kooperstein, passed away on March 30, 2021 in Palm Desert, California. He was born on April 11, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Sayde Cohen Kooperstein and Jack Kooperstein. His family attended Congregation Agudas Achim led by Rabbi Samuel W. Rubenstein. He graduated from Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1959. After graduation, he attended the Ohio State University where he majored in Music and played with “TBDBITL” (The Best Damn Band in the Land), the famous all-brass Ohio State University Marching Band where he studied under the legendary band director Jack Evans. He was an incredibly talented musician and was loved by all who knew him. Harry worked in television production in the mid-west and Puerto Rico markets before moving to Los Angeles in the late 70’s. In one of those markets, he directed a young student from Ball State University. He and Harry would talk about someday working in the “big time”. And they both did. Harry went on to win a total of 17 Emmys and the student, David Letterman, also made it to the “big time.” Harry long-served as a Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and he was an original member of the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band. Harry met his wife Barbara in 1982, they married in 1984 and he was a devoted and loving husband to her and to his two step children, Susan Gardner (1962-2009) and Charles (Chuck) Gardner. Harry enjoyed retirement in Palm Desert. The Mayor and City Council of Palm Desert declared April 5, 2018 to be “Harry Kooperstein Day” in Palm Desert in thanks for him “providing a lifetime of service by bettering our lives through music and the visual arts. Harry is survived by his wife Barbara, his sister Lainie (Gary) Beim, and his step-son, Charles (Chuck) Gardner. Funeral services were held in California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to City of Hope at www.cityofhope.org/donate. Please click “Donate in Honor or Memory of Loved One (Tribute Gift)” in the left column and enter Harry’s name. OR, you can mail donations to: City of Hope, Attn: Cheryl Sannes, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010. Please write: “In memory of Harry Kooperstein” in the memo line.
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