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In Memoriam – Norman Cooke, RIC emeritus professor


Norman Cooke
Norman H. Cooke of Glocester, associate professor emeritus of history, died at the Philip Hulitar Center on Dec. 26. He was 86.

Cooke began at RIC as an assistant professor in 1961, and retired in 1986.

While at the college he participated in the RIC Ethnic Heritage Project “The Year of the French” in 1980. He delivered a lecture titled “The Final Act: Rochambeau and the American Revolution.” The release announcing the event told of his “wide knowledge of military history” and “special interest in 18th century military matters.”

Before coming to RIC, he taught European history, first as an instructor and lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 1954-57, then as an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in 1958 and at Central Washington State College from 1958-61. He also taught political science at the University of Minnesota.

Cooke received an AB from the University of Delaware and an AM from the University of Minnesota.

His obituary in the Providence Journal noted that he was a World War II veteran, serving as a combat infantryman in the European Theater.

The notice also stated his fields of specialty included the Middle Ages and Modern Military History and that he was a member the New England Historical Association, the American Historical Association, the Society for Military History and the Company of Military Historians.

Cooke was a collector and maker of model soldiers. His work can be found in the Anne Brown Collection at the John Hay Library and at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass., where he was a consultant and contributor for many years.

He is survived by a niece and two nephews. He was the husband of the late Mary L. Cooke, to whom he was married for 52 years.