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Edwin Cooper’s Muster Speech

(Excerpted from the book “HERE” The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University by Jerry Cooper)

"Edwin Hanson Cooper was born September 3, 1930, in Hays County. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, he served two years of active duty in the US Army’s 2nd Armored Division, including service in Germany. He was assistant county agricultural agent for Travis County and a specialist in wildlife conservation for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. He was a special assistant to Texas A&M presidents J. Earl Rudder and Jack K. Williams; A&M’s director of Civilian Student Services; and director of admissions."

Jerry Cooper reads an excerpt from Cooper’s Aggie Muster speech, delivered at Reed Arena.


Jerry Cooper is a native of Texas City  and a member of the Texas A&M Class of ’63. Upon graduation with a journalism degree, Cooper joined the U.S. Army and served as a Civil Affairs officer in Vietnam. Honorably discharged as a first lieutenant, Cooper returned to civilian life and the state of Texas as a reporter/photographer for the Galveston Daily News. In September 1971, he began a 31-year career as editor of Texas Aggie magazine. Advisor to some two dozen authors of Texas A&M-related books, Cooper has authored three A&M-themed books of his own, including, most recently, “HERE” The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University.