"I consider my Marine Corps experience as the best grad school for a young man and I stay close through my association with the Marine Corps University and the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico."
Mr. Hooper was a retired businessman. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1952 and subsequently served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Naval Aviator until 1957. He was in the active Marine Reserve at NAS Willow Grove, reaching the rank of Major and was the Executive Officer of VMF 218.
Mr. Hooper was Director and Vice President of Sales and Marketing of IOT Corporation and of Interstate Oil Transport Company, a private group of family-owned companies engaged primarily in waterborne commerce. Mr. Hooper served as President of the Marine Corps University Foundation. He was the Vice President of the Thornton D. and Elizabeth S. Hooper Foundation and the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia.