|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1927|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2012|
San Luis Obispo County
Phoebe Hearst Cooke, a former member of the Hearst Corp. board of directors and a Bay Area philanthropist who took special interest in the charitable organizations established by her grandfather William Randolph Hearst, died Sunday night.
Mrs. Cooke died of pneumonia at a hospital in Templeton (San Luis Obispo County). She was 85. Her death came just six months after her twin brother, former Hearst Corp. Chairman George Hearst Jr., died.
Like her brother, Mrs. Cooke served several decades on the Hearst Corp. board of directors, joining in 1962 and retiring in 1998. She was also a leader in the Hearst Foundation and, for much of her adult life, took pride in her contributions to the charitable organization and in taking after her namesake, great-grandmother Phoebe Apperson Hearst, also a philanthropist.
"Phoebe Hearst Cooke brought great energy, commitment and focus to every facet of her life," Frank Bennack Jr., chief executive of Hearst Corp., said in a statement. "She was an extremely capable and dedicated member of the Hearst board of directors for 36 years, as well as a shining leader of her family's philanthropic interests. She was truly giving - of her time, her means and her heart. Her accomplishments were considerable and her loss is deeply felt."
Mrs. Cooke and her brother were born in San Francisco in 1927 to George Hearst Sr. and Blanche Wilbur. They were the first grandchildren of William Randolph Hearst, who had taken over the San Francisco Examiner in 1887 and begun building a global media empire. He died in 1951.
In 2000, Hearst Corp. bought The San Francisco Chronicle and sold the smaller Examiner. It now owns 15 daily newspapers.
In 1963, Mrs. Cooke married a fellow Hearst board member, Amory "Jack" Cooke, who was also vice president and general manager of Hearst Corp.'s Sunical Land & Livestock and San Francisco realties divisions. Amory Cooke died in 2008.
Mrs. Cooke had been married once before, to Philip Tovrea Jr., with whom she had a daughter.
Among Mrs. Cooke's wide and varied philanthropic interests was a dedication to the equestrian community both locally - she and her husband lived much of their married life in Woodside - and at the state and national levels.
She helped found Woodside's National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, which provides horse-assisted therapy programs for children and adults with special needs. She also was a commissioner of the California Horse Racing Board and, along with Amory Cooke, she was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Cooke is survived by her daughter, Phoebe "Misty" Tovrea Lipari, and a grandson, Kristopher Jay Lipari, both of Cambria (San Luis Obispo County).
Services for Mrs. Cooke will be private. A public memorial is being arranged.
Donations on Mrs. Cooke's behalf can go to the American Red Cross, San Luis Obispo Chapter; the Phoebe A. Hearst Preschool Learning Center in San Francisco; or the Mission San Miguel.
George Randolph Hearst (1904 - 1972)
Blanche Ellen Wilbur Hearst Hill (1905 - 1987)
Phoebe Milicent Hearst Cooke (1927 - 2012)
George Randolph Hearst (1927 - 2012)*
Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Nov 20, 2012
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