Thursday, July 31, 2008
Gerald Francis Cooke, 57, a senior project manager with Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored mortgage finance company,
died of cancer July 18 at his home in Washington. Mr. Cooke was born in the District and graduated from Anacostia High
School in 1969. In 1973, he received his undergraduate degree in international studies from New York's Union College, where
he was a volunteer with the school's Upward Bound program.
He was assistant director of the program for a year after his graduation and then received his master's degree in business
administration from New York University in 1976.
He began his career in global finance working in New York for the Bank of America's international division. He later worked for
the Central Bank in Caracas, Venezuela, and as a senior manager at the National Bank of Kuwait. He left Kuwait in 1990
because of the Iraqi invasion.
Settling in Washington, he worked as a consultant and as the real estate director for the D.C. Public Schools. He joined Fannie
Mae in 2007.
Mr. Cooke was ordained a deacon in 2002 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in the District and was a member of the Knights of
Columbus. He was fluent in French and Spanish and functionally fluent in Arabic.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Janice M. Cooke, and a daughter, Shannon M. Cooke, both of Washington; his mother,
Mary E. Cooke of Washington; a sister, Dr. Estelle Cooke-Sampson of Washington; and three brothers, Vincent M. Cooke and
Joseph H. Cooke, both of Washington, and Lawrence E. Cooke of New York.
-- Joe Holley