Frank J. Cooke

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Frank J. Cooke
30th Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
In office
1961 – 1965
2 terms
Preceded by John Shostak
Succeeded by Frank Zullo
Personal details
Born 1922
Died 1996
Norwalk, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn Spear Cooke[1]
Children Christopher Hamel Cooke,[2] Jefferey Cooke, Sarah Cooke
Residence 15 Channel Road, Norwalk, Connecticut

Frank J. Cooke (b. ca. 1922 - d. ca. 1996) was a two-term Republican mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut from 1961 to 1965. He had previously served as a two-term member and president of Norwalk's Common Council.[3] Cooke was an engineer by profession and founded Cooke Vacuum Products in 1959. He operated it as an electronics manufacturer and research and development contractor until 1994.

Early life[edit]

He was a veteran of World War II,[4] serving as a member of the Fourth Marine Division in the 4th Air Wing.[5]

Mayoral administration[edit]

In 1961, Cooke ran against Irving Freese and William O. Morrow in a three way race for mayor.[4] During his administration a Charter Revision Commission was appointed to make recommendations on the Norwalk Charter. He reactivated the Mayor's Committee on Intergroup Relations, which had originally been formed in 1960 to deal with local interracial problems.[6] He won in a very close four way race for his second term, narrowly beating Donald Irwin.[7] He did not seek a third term.

Post mayoral career[edit]

In March 1965, his company F.J. Cooke Inc. was put into involuntary bankruptcy.[8] He formed a new company, Cooke Vacuum Products, Inc., which he opened in space rented from the Hat Corporation of America.[8]

In March, 1988, he was appointed chairman of Norwalk Bank.[9] He served as it's chairman for two years.

In 1994, Cooke sold Cooke Vacuum Products to Richard Stein.[10]


Preceded by
John Shostak
Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
Succeeded by
Frank Zullo