Adjunct Professor Gordon Cooper AM passed away on 24 June 2017 in Sydney four days after he was struck by a car. Professor Cooper was a longstanding friend of and active contributor to the tax teaching and research activities of the School of Taxation and Business Law (incorporating Atax).
Gordon Cooper (AM, BSc(Econ) NUU, FCA, FTIA (Life), FAICD, CTA, TEP) was a Member of the Order of Australia, which was awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2003 for "services to the tax profession and to the community as an adviser on national taxation and legislative reform, and through education and professional organisations".
Gordon had a particular interest in capital gains tax and was the co-author of Cooper and Evans on CGT, which is published by Thomson Reuters. He was a frequent speaker at seminars and a regular contributor to professional publications and events.
Gordon was a respected teacher of capital gains tax in the School’s Master of Taxation program, and a frequent contributor to School research events such as the International Conference on Tax Administration; the Conference on Ethics and Tax Avoidance; and the conference on VAT in Developing Countries. Gordon was a mentor to many, students and colleagues alike.
Gordon was a chartered accountant in sole practice as a tax consultant and had a long list of professional involvements, some of which include:
- Former Governor of the Australian Tax Research Foundation
- Chairman of the Committee of the Australian Branch of the International Fiscal Association
- Patron of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association
- Chairman of the Australasian Branch of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation
- Chairman of the Challis Tax Discussion Group
- Former President of the Taxation Institute of Australia
- Founding Member of the Tax Practitioners Board
He will be sorely missed by colleagues, students and friends in the School.
Professor Michael Walpole
26 June 2017.