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Walter G. Hooke

1913-2010 CAMBRIDGE, NY Walter G. Hooke, 97, a long time resident of Cambridge, passed away on May 21.

He leaves his wife of 65 years, Caroline Small Hooke; his daughters, Megan Tourlis, and husband, Paul, and Mary Jean Gerken, and husband, John; son, Christopher R. and wife, Eavan, Hooke; and grandsons, Timothy Pettolina, Matthew Hooke Bond, Brendan Hooke and Peter Hooke.

He was predeceased by son, John, and grandson, Anthony Pettolina.

Born Jan. 12, 1913, in Yonkers, N.Y., he graduated from Loyola High School in New York City, and attended Fordham University.

He began his career in 1937 in Labor Relations for the 1939 Worlds Fair. He took a leave from S. H. Kress and Co. to join the Marine Corp. in 1942. Serving in Nagasaki with the occupational forces solidified his life long passion to work for peace. He returned home uninjured.

He spent the remainder of his life as a vocal advocate for the National Association of Radiation Survivors. He was instrumental in passing legislation for the Atomic War Veterans and their rights and benefits.

He met Caroline Small, an artist and graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. They married on Jan. 27, 1946.

Because of his many experiences in the labor field and his involvement with the Urban League, CORE and The National Catholic Conference For Interracial Justice, UPS brought him from Southern California to New York City to be their National Manager of Personnel. He firmly believed in the Talk, Listen and Act Program.

Walter is credited with creating The National Urban Internship Program. This continuing lively management model stresses the importance of the individual employee to the company's success.

Upon retiring as a Vice President of UPS, he spent the rest of his life in Southern Vermont and the Cambridge, N.Y. area. He taught courses at Southern Vermont College in Management and Labor Relations for over a decade pro bono.

He was a dedicated member of the National Association of Parents of Deaf. Among his many activities were assisting his wife, Caroline, in her art endeavors. He could often be found, hanging her art work for exhibitions, moving her materials from one studio to the next, and reveling in her success as an artist.

He led a purposeful life, he served his country, loved his family, and was a tireless believer in "Simple Justice".

Published in Bennington Banner on May 26, 2010
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