Meet Jack Cooper

Tour Guide, Geologist, World Traveler, Avid Outdoorsman

Aside from his passion for sharing and leading others through the geologic wonders of northern Arizona, Jack Cooper has had extensive academic training and career experience in geology, making him the ideal field guide through the Arizona terrain.

Jack received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, while bolstering his knowledge of geology at the University of Tennessee geology field camp in eastern Tennessee. His graduate study was also in geology at Ohio State University. His Master's thesis involved investigation of an area of volcanic rocks in central Utah—in many ways similar to the volcanic area surrounding Flagstaff.

After graduation, Jack worked as a professional geologist, both as Research Geologist (seven years) for an Exxon subsidiary, and as Exploration Geologist (seven years) for Mobil in both the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and in Alberta, Canada. He achieved an additional Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma and worked in various supervisory positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, World Vision International, and the University of California Riverside. He retired as Librarian Emeritus of the University of California.

Jack has lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for 12 years, enjoying the climate and geology of the area. He has hiked and backpacked in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Yosemite, Alaska, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, England, and France. He has been to all 50 states, more than 58 countries, and all 7 continents, including the Antarctic and Arctic. In Flagstaff, Jack enjoys guiding groups to nearby scenic areas while sharing his knowledge of the geologic surroundings and rich history of the area.