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Dr. Robert E. Cooke, Hopkins pediatrician, dies
Dr. Robert E. Cooke, Hopkins pediatrician, dies

Dr. Robert E. Cooke, a retired Johns Hopkins pediatrician-in-chief who was a founder of the Head Start children's program and a presidential medical adviser, died of heart disease Feb. 2 at his Oak Bluffs home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The former North Roland Park resident was 93. "We have lost a true visionary, whose acumen, passion and dedication have influenced generations of pediatricians and changed the lives of millions of children," said Dr. Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Born in Attleboro, Mass., he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University and played for its baseball team....

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