In Memoriam – Norman Cooke, RIC emeritus professor

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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.

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