These Were Builders

May Louise Perry 1869-19U8 An illustrious alumna and teacher of elocution for three years at the Normal School, May Louise Perry Cooke is gratefully remembered by the building dedicated to her on the S me College campus. May Louise Perry was born May 13, 1869 in a house on Swan Street. She was the daughter of Leonard B. and Harriet Kenney Perry. Her father had been in active service as a colonel in the Civil War. After elementary school, May Perry attended the old State Normal School from which she graduated in I889. She taught elocution at the Normal School for three years and then left to marry Walter Pratt Cooke in 189^. He died August h, 1931. They had a son and daughter: Carlton P. Cooke and Katherine (Mrs. Preston 3. Porter) of Darien, Connecticut. One of 3uffalo's understanding women leaders in numerous causes, Mrs. Cooke had many friends throughout America and Europe. These friendships stemmed largely from her husband's various activities in the financial, industrial, legal and diplomatic worlds. Mr. Cooke was chairman of the board of directors of the Marine Trust Company, prominent attorney-at-law, and actively identified as an executive and director in numerous large industrial and financial corporations of Buffalo. Even as busy as he was, Mr. Cooke supported the Normal School and was a member of the board of directors. In the post World War I years, May Louise Perry Cooke went with her husband to The Hague where he was appointed to serve as president of the arbitral Tribunal of Interpretation of the Dawes Plan, and to Paris where he was American citizen member of the Reparations Commis ­ sion. She too became a well-known figure to the European leaders in that era.

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