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John D. Copeland
1950 - 2011

John D. Copeland, 61, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died April 11 at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 9, 1950, in Wichita Falls to Howard and Lorene Copeland. He and Vanette Thomas were married July 2, 1970.

Folllowing years of private law practice in Texas and Arkansas, Dr. Copeland directed the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information and was a Research Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law from 1989 to August 1998. From August 1998 to January 1, 2003, he was Executive Vice President for Ethics, Tyson Foods ,Inc.

He was Professor, Division of Business, John Brown University in Siloam Springs, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business ethics; social responsibility; strategic management; and mission, vision and values.

Dr. Copeland had a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Agriculture Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, and a Doctorate in Administration of Higher Education (Ed.D) also from the University of Arkansas.

He authored numerous publications on such topics as business ethics, environmental law, insurance coverage, products liability and food safety.

Survivors include his wife Vannette of the home; two sons, Aaron Copeland of Springdale, Ark. and Seth Copeland of Siloam Springs; one daughter, Sarah Givens of Wichita Falls; one grandson; his parents; and two sisters, Carolyn McLaughlin of Wichita Falls, and Leslie Crumb of Iowa Park.

Memorials may be made to John Brown University, Division of Business, 2000 W. University, Siloam Springs, Ark. 72761.

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