BERNARD Z. COOPER was born in Philadelphia on May 4, 1918 to Dr. David E. & Sadie Goldstein Cooper. His mother was the daughter of Camden businessman Solomon Joseph Goldstein, his three uncles were all physicians, Dr. Hyman, Dr. Leopold, and Dr. Henry GoldsteinBurnie, as he was known to his friends and family, grew up in Camden, attending the Friends School, and Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School. He later resided in Williamstown and Blackwood NJ, where his father, Dr. David E. Cooper had offices.

Burnie, as he was known to his friends and family, attended Glassboro High School in Glassboro NJ before graduating from Woodbury (NJ) High School in 1935. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from the Glassboro State Teachers College, which is presently known as Rowan University.  He taught in a number of Camden public schools, and while teaching, received his MA in education from Temple University.  In 1951 he was offered a position in Guidance with the Baltimore County Public School System, and settled in the Baltimore area.

Bernard Z. Cooper died February 3, 1972 survived by his wife of twenty-two years, Esther, sons, David Eli, Steven, Dr. Ronald Cooper, and Susann.