Frank J. Cooke
|Frank J. Cooke|
|30th Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut|
1961 – 1965
|Preceded by||John Shostak|
|Succeeded by||Frank Zullo|
|Spouse(s)||Carolyn Spear Cooke|
|Children||Christopher Hamel Cooke, 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. Cooke was an engineer by profession and founded Cook Vacuum Products in 1959. He operated it as an electronics manufacturer and research and development contractor until 1994.
In 1961, Cooke ran against Irving Freese and William O. Morrow in a three way race for mayor. 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. He won in a very close four way race for his second term, narrowly beating Donald Irwin. He did not seek a third term.
Post mayoral career
In March 1965, his company F.J. Cooke Inc. was put into involuntary bankruptcy. He formed a new company, Cooke Vacuum Products, Inc., which he opened in space rented from the Hat Corporation of America.
In March, 1988, he was appointed chairman of Norwalk Bank. He served as it's chairman for two years.
In 1994, Cook sold Cooke Vacuum Products to Richard Stein.
|Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut