Blue baby operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1945. Dr. Cooley is at the right side of the operating table, facing Dr. Blalock. Courtesy of Dr. Cooley's personal collection.
With wife Loise at their wedding reception, January 15, 1949, at the Francis Scott Key hotel in Frederick, Maryland.
Dr. Cooley at a press conference with his colleagues at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital after Everett Thomas's transplant operation, which was the first successful heart transplant in the United States. (L-R) Grady Hallman, Denton A. Cooley, Robert Bloodwell, Arthur Keats, Arthur Keats and Robert Leachman.
Heyday of the Cooley Hilton era. Visiting surgeons crowded the operating rooms to observe coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Cooley watching a softball game at a Texas Heart Institute picnic at Cool Acres.
Dr. Cooley with a patient in the ICU during the 1970s.
Dr. Cooley in his office between surgical cases. His office was just a few steps away from the operating room.
Dr. Cooley with his wife Louise and their grandchildren in 1998.
Dr. Cooley receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
At the DAC Society meeting luau on Maui, 1986.
Dr. Cooley receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Dr. Cooley, left, with golfing buddies Johnny Ochsner, President George H. W. Bush and James Baker III at the Seniors Golf Tournament, River Oaks Country Club, Houston.
Dr. Cooley implanting the first total artificial heart in a human on April 4, 1969. He's holding Haskell Karp's diseased heart in his left hand and the total artificial heart in his right hand.
Dr. Cooley giving the commencement address at the Johns Hopkins Medical School in May 2009.
Dr. Cooley with his wife Louise and Pope Paul VI.
Dr. Cooley with grandsons John Plumb and William Walker on 'Muscle Beach' during a weekend at his Galveston beach house, the 'Cooley Bunkport' in the mid-1980s.
Dr. Cooley with one of his young patients.
(L-R) Dr. Cooley with Dr. Edward B. Singleton and Dr. Dan G. McNamara at Texas Children's Hospital in the early 1950s.
Dr. Cooley with Dr. Michael E. DeBakey after DeBakey accepted an honorary membership in the DAC Society on October 27, 2007.
Dr. Cooley with his wife Louise and family on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2008.
Dr. Cooley making a fashion statement in his office at Baylor, late 1950s.
The Denton A. Cooley Building (dedicated in 2002) at the Texas Heat Institute.
Reaching a major milestone with Cooley's associates the Texas Heart Institute: 1000,000 open heart operations, January 10, 2001. Standing left to right: Charles Hallman, Grady Hallman, George Reul, O.H. (Bud) Frazier, Jim Livesay, Mike Duncan and David Ott.
The UT Longhorn basketball team, 1939 Southwest Conference Champions. Dr. Cooley located on the top row, far right.
Cooley driving for the basket as a player with the UT Longhorn basketball team.
The John Hopkins Hospital surgical house staff (interns and residents) and Dr. Blalock, 1949. (Dr. Cooley denoted by arrow.)
The Jefferson Davis Hospital house staff (residents and interns) and medical staff. Cooley is standing next to Mike DeBakey (end of second row, right).
The Cooley 'coffeepot' oxygenator diagram showing how it works.
Press conference at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital after the first successful heart transplant in the United States.
Life cover from September 1981. The magazine story described the implantation of the world's second total artificial heart implant in a human.
Dr. Helen Taussig and Dr. Dan McNamara at the Texas Heart Institute in March 1970. Dr. Taussig was attending a conference at THI.
Drs. Denton A. Cooley and Michael E. DeBakey at the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society meeting.
Texas Children's President and CEO Mark A. Wallace and others honor Dr. Denton A. Cooley
Dr. Denton A. Cooley with heart transplant recipient Sara Remington
Dr. Denton A. Cooley at the Texas Heart Institute in the 2000s
Dr. Denton A. Cooley and Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr.