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L. Perry Cookingham

L. Perry Cookingham, American city manager. Recipient La Guardia Memorial Association award, 1951; named Aviation Man of Year Kansas City, 1955.


  • Cookingham, L. Perry was born on October 23, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Joseph Fitch and Ella (Gordinier) Cookingham.

  • Education

    • Student, Detroit Institute of Technology, 1935. Master of Science (honorary), Detroit Institute of Technology, 1936. Doctor of Laws, Park College, 1952.


    • Began as rodman C.&E.I. R.R., 1915. With Engineer Corps, until 1920. Staff Public works Department, Flint, Michigan, 1920-1927.

      City manager City of Clawson, 1927-1931, City of Plymouth, 1931-1936, City of Saginaw, 1936-1940, City of Kansas City, Missouri, 1940-1959, City of Fort Worth, 1959-1963. Executive director People to People, Kansas City, Missouri, 1963-1992. Member advisory committee on training in city management Kansas University.

      Member visiting committee Joint Center for Urban Studies, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959-1962.


    • Author, lecturer on subjects in field of public administration.


    Denomination: Congregationalist


    Deputy administrator Wayne County Emergency Relief Administration, 1933, 34. Member commission for state government reform Michigan, 1938. Member municipal advisory committee West Palm Beach, 1943-1945.

    Member committee on urban research Highway Research Board, 1958. Advisory council Yale University Traffic Bureau, 1955-1961. Member Urban Renewal Study Board, Baltimore, 1956.

    Board directors American Council to Improve Our Neighborhoods, 1956-1992. Board governors Starlight Theatre Association. Member American Society Planning Officials (president 1945-1946), International City Managers Association (president 1939, chairman committee on professional training 1958-1959), Michn.

    Municipal League (honorary life), National Municipal League, American Society for Public Administration, Pi Sigma Alpha, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Kansas City Club, Masons.


    • Married Harriette West, January 2, 1921.
    • father: Joseph Fitch Cookingham
    • mother: Ella (Gordinier) Cookingham
    • spouse: Harriette West
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    Born October 23, 1896
    • 1935
      Detroit Institute of Technology
    • 1936
      Detroit Institute of Technology
    • 1952
      Park College
    • 1915
      Began as rodman C.&E.I. R.R.
    • 1920 - 1927
      staff Public Wks. Department
      Flint, Michigan, United States
    • 1927 - 1931
      city manager, City of Clawson
    • 1931 - 1936
      city manager, City of Clawson
    • 1936 - 1940
      city manager, City of Clawson
    • 1940 - 1959
      city manager, City of Clawson
      Missouri, United States
    • 1959 - 1963
      city manager, City of Clawson
    • 1963 - 1992
      executive, director People to People
      Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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