From a contemporary press report:
Died Saturday, April 11, 1998 at Loma Linda University Hospital, Loma Linda, California. He was 80.
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he received his B.S. from MIT in 1939, and his M.B.A. from The George Washington University in 1956.
After retiring from a career in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 1964, Captain Cooke established a civilian career in consulting engineering. He worked for the firm Frederic R. Harris, Inc. and later became involved with the manufacture of transportation systems and equipment, specializing in automated guideway transit systems. As Vice President of the
Dashaveyor Company, a Bendix subsidiary, he served as Program Manager for the Transpo '72 People Mover Demonstration at Dulles International Airport in 1972. His consulting services in the field of urban transportation included work with the United States Congress Office of Technology.
Captain Cooke's military and civilian careers included several overseas assignments, and he continued to enjoy international travel throughout his retirement.
He was predeceased by his parents, Captain Frederick Hosmer Cooke, CEC, USN and Olga Faure Cooke, a longtime resident of Washington, DC, and a sister, Olga Cooke Stone. He leaves his beloved wife, Eugenia Colclough Cooke of California; four daughters, Kathleen McFerrin and Lucy Little of California, Eugenia Cooke of Vermont and Lanaux Hailey of Virginia; a son, Frederick A. F. Cooke, Jr. of California; a brother, Henry Jonathan Hosmer Cooke, CAPT, USN (Ret.) of North Carolina; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at the Old Chapel at Fort Myer at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, May 7. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Frances of Rome Building Fund, St. Frances of Rome Church, 21591 Lemon St., Wildomar, CA 92595.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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