Robert Lowe Hooke ’38

Robert Lowe Hooke ’38 died on August 20, 2005, in Stony Brook, New York.

Born on July 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, NY, he prepared for college at Columbia High School in South Orange, NJ, and became a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1938, he was engaged in real estate management in New York City for two years and then was a sales representative with Congoleum-Nairn, Inc., in Canton, OH. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of lieutenant senior grade. After the war, he joined Peter J. Schweitzer Paper Company, later a division of the Kimberly Clark Corporation, where he was employed for 38 years, retiring as president of the division in 1982. He was married in 1940 to Elizabeth Salter, who survives him, as do three sons, Robert L. Hooke, Jr. ’64 of London, England, Thomas M. Hooke, and David R. Hooke ’78 of Mansfield, MA; twin daughters, Elizabeth H. Luke and Virginia H. Martens; a brother, John E. Hooke ’37 of West Caldwell, NJ; three sisters, Gertrude, Martha, and Mary; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.