Andy Cooper, who co-founded CooperKatz with Ralph Katz nearly 17 years ago, died from cancer on March 14. He was 64.

He is remembered for his advocacy skills, strategic thinking, passion for PR, intelligence and quick wit. The firm has set up a memorial page on its website at

Cooper met Katz more than 40 years when both were graduate school students at Syracuse University.

He began his PR career in Chicago at Burson-Marsteller in 1975. Cooper transferred to B-Mís New York office and recruited Katz.

The duo worked together for 20 years at B-M, where Cooper rose to the N.Y. president and vice chairman positions, while Katz headed creative services.

They built CK into a firm with more than 30 staffers and fees of $4.6M in 2012, up 13.6 percent from the previous year.

Services for Cooper are being held today in Connecticut.

They family has requested that any donations in Cooperís name go to support brain cancer research at The Weizmann Institute of Science (Aspen Jordan at 212/895-7931 is accepting credit cards there) or the Israel Cancer Research Fund at