Former ALA Washington Office Director Eileen Cooke Dies at 71

Former ALA Washington Office Director
Eileen Cooke Dies at 71

Eileen D. Cooke, director of ALA’s Washington Office from 1972 through 1993, died April 30 in Minneapolis of complications following surgery. She was 71.

Cooke retired from ALA on December 31, 1993, after 30 years with the Association. She began her career with ALA as assistant director of the Washington Office in 1964 and assumed the director position in 1972.

During her tenure at ALA, Cooke played a major role in the development, renewal, and funding of key library legislation, including the Library Services and Construction Act, the Higher Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Medical Library Assistance Act, the Copyright Revision Act, and the establishment of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

“Eileen Cooke was an extraordinary leader in promoting library legislation and policy issues supporting our nation’s libraries,” said ALA Executive Director William Gordon. “She was instrumental in planning ALA’s National Library Legislative Day, helping to ensure that library voices were heard loud and clear by our elected officials. She will be missed.”

Posted May 8, 2000.