Mervin S. Cooper

   Mervin was born in Kharkov, Russia on September 10, 1919. He came to America in 1922 and was raised on the New Jersey shore. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1941 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. After serving in WWII in the Air Force, he joined a college friend in manufacturing synthetic resins for adhesives, paints, inks, and textiles. He sold out in 1983 and in two days moved to California. Although he had no formal art training, he was introduced to lapidary work in Russ Hind's class in Leisure World, where he made his first commesso (intarsia) in 1987.

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