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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.


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, Michigan, 1927-1931;city manager, City of Plymouth, Michigan, 1931-1936;city manager, City of Saginaw, Michigan, 1936-1940;city manager, City of Kansas City, Missoury, 1940-1959;city manager, City of Fort Worth, 1959-1963;executive director, People to People, Kansas City, Missoury, 1963-1992. Member of advisory commission on training in city management Kansas U. Member visiting committee Joint Center for Urban Studies, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959-1962.


  • Other Work

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


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

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

Board directors American Council to Improve Our Neighborhoods, 1956-1992. Board of Governors Starlight Theatre Association. Member American Society Planning Officials (president 1945-1946), International City Mgrs.

Association (president 1939, Chairman of Commission on professional training 1958-1959), Michn. Municipal League (honorary life), National Municipal League, American Society for Public Administration, PiSigma Alpha, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Kansas City Club, Masons.


Married Harriette West, January 2, 1921.

Joseph Fitch Cookingham

Ella (Gordinier) Cookingham

Harriette West