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Former Fort Campbell soldier receives posthumous degree

Friday, during Austin Peay State Universitys Spring 2007 Commencement ceremony, a posthumous degree was awarded to Jennifer A. Cooper, 25, a former soldier in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Bruce Speck, APSU provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, presented the bachelors degree in history to her husband, Charles, and their son, Teddy Robert, Clarksville.
Friday, during Austin Peay State University's Spring 2007 Commencement ceremony, a posthumous degree was awarded to Jennifer A. Cooper, 25, a former soldier in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Bruce Speck, APSU provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, presented the bachelor's degree in history to her husband, Charles, and their son, Teddy Robert, Clarksville.

Speck said, “During her bout with cancer, Jennifer continued to attend class and, even in the midst of the difficulties she faced, maintained a 3.8 overall grade-point average, which is testament to her drive and desire to learn.

“Because she wanted to be a high school teacher, those of us in the learning profession are deeply saddened by the loss of someone who so ardently wanted to help others learn.”

A former student at Collierville (Tenn.) High School, Cooper enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2000 and left the service in 2004. She was stationed two years at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Cooper, who finally succumbed to cancer in March 2007, was among the 707 candidates for graduation from Austin Peay on Friday. -- Dennie B. Burke