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David O. Cooke

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David Ohlmer "Doc" Cooke (August 31, 1920 – June 22, 2002) was a United States Department of Defense civilian administrator who served under twelve Secretaries of Defense over a period of 45 years. Often called the "Mayor of the Pentagon", Cooke was the department's highest-ranking career civil servant as Director of Administration and Management, and as Director of Washington Headquarters Services. He was also responsible for administering the oath of office for many key department officials. Early life Cooke was born in Buffalo, New York in 1920. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.S. degree in 1941, and earned his M.S. degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1942. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and later earned his law degree from The George Washington University in 1950. Cooke went back on active duty in 1951 and served in a number of posts until he retired as a Navy captain in 1968.
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