Ruth M. Cooke, former Louisburg College basketball coach, longtime health and physical education teacher, and Hall of Fame member, died Monday in Raleigh.
Cooke, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, taught P.E. for two years in Virginia before arriving at Louisburg in 1949. She remained at the College until her retirement in 1988 and was named faculty emeritus.
Cooke was women’s athletic director and women’s basketball coach from 1950 to 1959, and oversaw the annual May Day festivities. She taught health and P.E. classes, including softball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, pool, square dancing, and fitness.
Cooke was inducted into the Louisburg College Hurricanes Hall of Fame in 2010. The Ruth Cooke Gardens, in front of the main entrance to Holton Gymnasium, were a gift to the College from Cooke’s family in 2007. The picturesque garden area features a fountain and various plants, including rose bushes.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.