In Memoriam

Paul Phillips Cooke (1917-2010)

Paul P. Cooke, former president of the District of Columbia Teachers College, died last month from kidney failure at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 93 years old.

Dr. Cooke was a native of New York City but was educated in the racially segregated public schools of Washington. He graduated from Miners Teachers College in 1937, where he later was a member of the faculty. Cooke earned master’s degrees from New York University and the Catholic University of America as well as an educational doctorate from Columbia University.

In 1966 Cooke was named president of D.C. Teachers College. He held that position for eight years until his retirement in 1974. During his tenure, enrollments at the college tripled. After leaving D.C. Teachers College, he served as director of international programs for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Katherine Ashhurst Treherne (1955-2010)

Katherine Treherne, a leading dermatologist, educator, and member of the board of visitors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has died after a three-year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 55 years old.

A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Treherne was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and received her medical training at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She then completed her residency training in dermatology at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Treherne was one of the first black women to open a dermatology practice in the Norfolk area. She also served as assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and as a mentor for premed students at Hampton University.