The Cooper Foundation announced that Richard (Dick) Knudsen has been elected to serve as honorary trustee of the board of trustees. He was selected for his long and valuable service to the Cooper Foundation. Mr. Knudsen first started serving the Cooper Foundation in 1950 when he joined the law firm of Beghtol & Rankin. Once Mr. Knudsen made partner, the law firm became Beghtol, Mason, Knudsen, & Dickeson and which would eventually become Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott. Mr. Kundsen retired from practice in 1994 but still served the Cooper Foundation.
Dick Knudsen continued the law firm’s representation of the Cooper Foundation which was started by Max Beghtol in the 1920s. It was then continued by J. Lee Rankin, John Mason, as well as Wally Richardson. J. Lee Rankin was also elected as an honorary trustee of the board of directors in 1984.
The Cooper Foundation supports individuals through education, human services, the arts, humanities and the environment. The Foundation gives grants to non-profit organizations primarily Lincoln and Lancaster County.